NJ attorney general: Plans to release 3D gun blueprints put on hold
- Author: Sonia Alvarado Aug 02, 2018,
Aug 02, 2018, 1:17
Several US states on Monday (July 30) said they would jointly sue the Trump administration for allowing the public to download blueprints for 3-D printable guns in a last-ditch effort to block the designs from becoming available on Wednesday (Aug 1).
NRA spokesman Dana Loesch has said trying to outlaw the guns, or the technology that produces them, would be "absolutely unenforceable".
- After years of legal battles, an Austin-based company, known as Defense Distributed, and the federal government reached a settlement, which allows the gun-rights group to share instructions to make plastic guns.
In an emergency hearing over the phone this week, Shapiro's office asked a judge for a restraining order to block Defense Distributed's website in Pennsylvania, which was granted.
A federal judge has issued a temporary restraining order, stopping the release of downloadable blueprints for 3D printed guns, which would be allowed to be released on Wednesday. Last month, the State Department reversed itself, and said Defense Distributed could post the designs, starting tomorrow.
The widespread release of downloadable blueprints for 3D-printed firearms would not give way to a rise in undetectable plastic guns because there already is a law against them, the National Rifle Association claimed Tuesday.
But President Donald Trump didn't seem too concerned. "The files are in the public domain you can not take them back", Mr. Wilson said during an interview for "CBS This Morning".
A Texas company's plans to post blueprints for 3D printable guns online for the public has been stopped - at least for now, according to the New Jersey attorney general.
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Should the blueprints for 3D printed guns be legally available?
On Tuesday Senate Democrats introduced a bill that would make it illegal to publish 3D-printer gun designs online.
"I am looking into 3-D Plastic Guns being sold to the public", the president said.
Trump wrote on Twitter the idea "doesn't seem to make much sense!".
Grewal filed a lawsuit today seeking to prevent a firearms developer from publicly releasing computer files that would enable individuals to create untraceable firearms using a 3-D printer. "The administration supports this almost two-decade old law". Because it's not necessarily illegal in the United States, according to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, to produce your own guns.
On the website run by Defense Distributed, people can download plans for building the Liberator, as well as files for an AR-15-style lower receiver, a complete Beretta M9-style handgun and other firearms.
The company filed its own suit in Texas on Sunday, asserting that it is the victim of an "ideologically fuelled programme of intimidation and harassment" that violates the company's First Amendment rights.