3D-printed gun blueprints blocked by USA judge

Nine states are suing the Trump administration to stop 3D-printed guns

Back in June, Cody Wilson, from Texas reached a settlement with the Trump administration to allow the company, Defense Distributed, to legally publish the instructions.

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"If an injunction is not issued and the status quo alters at midnight tonight, the proliferation of these firearms will have numerous negative impacts on a state level that the federal government once feared on the global stage", US District Judge Robert Lasnik wrote in his order. The Trump administration reversed course, agreeing to allow Defense Distributed to publish the tutorials online. A judge in Seattle granted the injunction Tuesday after eight U.S. states and the District of Columbia argued that criminals and terrorists would use the blueprints to make untraceable, undetectable plastic weapons. The State Department moved to stop Wilson, saying he was violating global agreements on arms trafficking.

Judge Lasnik wrote that the government "shall preserve the status quo" as if "the modification had not occurred and the letter had not been issued" that allowed Defense Distributed to post the blueprints.

These ghost guns are untraceable, virtually undetectable and, without today's victory, available to any felon, domestic abuser or terrorist.

Trump tweeted that he has already spoken with the National Rifle Association about the downloadable directions a Texas company wants to provide for people to make 3D-printed guns. "No background check. No criminal history check".

On the group's Web site, downloads are now available for a plastic handgun called the Liberator, as well as part of an AR-15, and a Beretta M-9 handgun.

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Facebook said the suspect accounts had also run about 150 ads on Facebook and Instagram , costing a total of $11,000 (£8,300). Gleicher said the fake accounts managed to get real ones involved, which contributed to the interest in the event.

Wilson said in an online video that the blueprints were downloaded more than 400,000 times before they were taken down in 2013.

But the debate will continue, as everything about guns.

President Trump weighed in on the matter with a tweet on Tuesday.

Sen. Edward Markey, D-Mass., left, and Sen.

Some Republicans also expressed concern.

Wilson has argued his case was not about guns or the right to bear arms, as guaranteed by the Second Amendment of the Constitution. Gun industry experts say the guns are simply a modern-day equivalent of what already is legal and readily available: the ability to assemble your own firearm using traditional materials and methods at home without serial numbers. A federal law passed in 1988 - crafted with NRA support - bars the manufacture, sale, or possession of an undetectable firearm. Last Friday, the company posted models for seven firearms, racking up tens of thousands of downloads over the next few days.

Late Tuesday, dozens of Democratic senators introduced legislation to prohibit the publication of 3D-printable firearm designs, a move gun control groups applauded. Democrats also filed a separate bill to require that all guns have at least one non-removable component made of metal so they can be discovered by metal detectors. "Making a gun with a 3D printer is kind of like using a screw driver to hammer a nail in- like you can probably get the job done but it's not going to work very well and you might injure yourself", Dukes added.

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