CHICAGO A USA judge has temporarily blocked online publication of blueprints for 3D-printed firearms, in a last-ditch effort to stop a settlement President Donald Trump's administration had reached with the company releasing the digital documents.
The judge in Seattle issued the order after eight Democratic state attorneys general, along with the District of Columbia, filed a lawsuit seeking to block the blueprints' release, calling them a safety risk. A judge in Seattle granted the injunction Tuesday after eight USA states and the District of Columbia argued that criminals and terrorists would use the blueprints to make untraceable, undetectable plastic weapons.
The company behind the plans, Austin-based Defense Distributed, had reached a settlement with the federal government in June that allowed it to make its plans available for download starting Wednesday.
Still, Mittow says many 3D printers, even ones that run a couple thousand dollars, would be capable of making plastic guns.
Courts in New York, New Jersey and Washington issued the rulings Tuesday ahead of the midnight deadline when Cody Wilson and his company, Defense Distributed, would have been permitted to publish the plans online.
Defense Distributed's website said it would publish the files on Wednesday but blueprints for seven guns already were available for download. A lawyer for the company said he didn't know how many blueprints had been downloaded since then.
Wilson has argued his case was not about guns or the right to bear arms, as guaranteed by the Second Amendment of the Constitution.
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He tweeted yesterday, "I am looking into 3-D Plastic Guns being sold to the public". In fact, Donald Trump told everyone on Twitter Tuesday that he had spoken to the NRA and implied that he and the organization are both against universal access to DIY firearms. 'Already spoke to NRA, doesn't seem to make much sense'.
"The judge's rule is clear", Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson said at a news conference.
The NRA said in a statement that "anti-gun politicians" and some members of the news media had been wrongly claiming 3D printing technology would "allow for the production and widespread proliferation of undetectable plastic firearms".
Forge Jax says they've never made 3D printed guns and they will stick to other 3D prototypes.
The two 3D printers are not available right now.
Senator Bill Nelson, a Democrat from Florida, filed a bill in the Republican-controlled U.S. Senate to block publication of 3-D printed gun blueprints, saying the weapons can evade detection systems and are "a direct threat to our national security". A follow-up hearing will be held August 10.
"As the nation rises up and calls for action against gun violence, it is absurd and frightening that the federal government wants to make accessing an automatic weapon as easy as hitting print", he said.