Judge Blocks Release Of Blueprints For 3D Printed Guns

The White House said Wednesday that the Justice Department did not consult President Donald Trump when officials dropped litigation that would have prevented the posting of instructions on how to make 3D-printed plastic guns, which are illegal to own or assemble. A federal judge has blocked the release of designs meant to allow people to make their own firearms using a 3-D printer.

The company behind the plans, Defense Distributed, reached an agreement with the federal government in June allowing it to make the plans for the guns available for download, starting this week.

Undetectable plastic guns have been illegal for decades but the blue prints for the weapons are out there and thousands have been downloading them.

Amazon took down the website of a gun rights coalition Wednesday after they posted the blueprints for 3D-printed weapons online. A lawyer for the company said he didn't know how many blueprints had been downloaded since then.

Defense Distributed and its founder Cody Wilson, a self-declared anarchist, argued that access to the online blueprints is guaranteed under First and Second Amendment rights which confer the right to free speech and to bear arms.

Markey, Blumenthal and other Democrats filed legislation that would prohibit the publication of a digital file online that allows a 3D printer to manufacture a firearm.

Trump also announced over Twitter that he is "looking into" the sale of 3D plastic guns to the public and said he had already spoken to the NRA about it but did not expound on the conversation and neither did Gidley.

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Prince says making your own gun, gunsmithing, has been around for a long time.

Evanchick said authorities want to keep firearms out of the hands of people who legally should not have them, expressing concerns that the weapons wouldn't have serial numbers. "Already spoke to NRA, doesn't seem to make much sense!" he tweeted.

The National Rifle Association, the nation's most politically influential gun rights group, echoed that claim, contending that the 1988 law made the current 3D-printed gun issue moot.

Another gun made by a 3D printer. His documents were downloaded about 100,000 times until the State Department ordered him to cease, contending it violated federal export laws since some of the blueprints were downloaded by people outside the United States.

Eights states have sued to block the settlement, contending the hard-to-trace plastic weapons that fire real bullets threaten public safety.

Judge Robert S. Lasnik in Seattle agreed with the states and issued a restraining order. "It's a violation of the First Amendment, it's unconscionable and we're going to fight it to the very end".

"These ghost guns are untraceable, virtually undetectable and, without today's victory, available to any felon, domestic abuser or terrorist", said Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson.

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