States Move to Stop Website From Posting 3D-Printed Gun Files

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"For years, and as recently as April 2018, the federal government recognized that these printable-gun computer files would be a threat to United States national security and foreign policy interests", said Attorney General Grewal.

Posted plans also include the "Liberator", which was first posted by Defense Distributed and was blocked by the Obama-era State Department in 2013.

Editor's Note: A federal judge in Washington state issued a temporary restraining order late Tuesday to stop the release of 3-D gun printing plans.

Federal courts in three states issued rulings Tuesday to block the release of downloadable blueprints for 3D-printed firearms.

He tweeted yesterday, "I am looking into 3-D Plastic Guns being sold to the public".

At a news conference Tuesday, Democratic senators said Trump has the power to stop the company from making the plans available online.

"There are 3-D printers in public colleges and public spaces and there is the likelihood of potential irreparable harm", Lasnik said at the end of a one-hour hearing on the lawsuit.

The eight states and the District of Columbia argue that permitting people to make their own guns violates state controls over weapons.

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The company's website says downloads have been posted on the site since Friday. "And because the guns would be printed without serial numbers, they would be untraceable by law enforcement, making it all the more hard to solve crimes committed with these weapons".

Gun experts say plastic guns may not work without some metal parts and that they could blow up in the hands of users.

Although DIY gunsmithing is legal in many forms under US law, including when it's done with a 3D printer, critics have pushed back against the government's settlement, saying it would undermine domestic and worldwide gun control efforts by greatly expanding access to untraceable homemade guns. However, as early as Sunday, over 1,000 people had already downloaded plans to print an AR-15-style rifle, according to the office of Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro. In the settlement, the government agreed to waive its prior restraint against Wilson won, thus allowed him and others to freely publish blueprints for 3D printed weapons.

The president expressed doubt, saying the move "doesn't seem to make much sense!". "The administration supports this almost two-decade old law".

In a recent interview with Fox News, Defense Distributed director Cody Wilson described current 3D-printed guns as "mostly curiosities", and said that the "big" and "bulky" characteristics of the weapons would help identify them.

But Eric Soskin, a lawyer for the US Justice Department, told Tuesday's federal hearing in Seattle, the government had reached a settlement with Defense Distributed because the regulations were created to restrict weapons that could be used in war, and the online guns were no different from the weapons that could be bought in a store.

Wilson has argued that the restriction on his company violates its First Amendment rights.

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