Judge blocks company from releasing blueprints for 3-D-printed guns

Judge blocks company from releasing blueprints for 3-D-printed guns

Judge blocks company from releasing blueprints for 3-D-printed guns

A United States gun rights advocate began gearing up for a legal fight Wednesday to be able to publish online blueprints for 3D-printed firearms, as the White House signaled support for a federal judge's decision to block the venture.

The age of the 3D-printed gun will have to wait at least another month, after a federal judge issued a temporary restraining order preventing a Texas company from releasing blueprints on their website Wednesday morning.

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. Miller said the cost and skill it takes to make a 3D-printed gun will keep crooks from buying them.

Advocates for gun control have argued that 3D-printed guns could also pose security challenges as they pass through airport X-ray machines.

It happened after Washington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson filed a lawsuit challenging the Trump Administration. "I am thankful and relieved Judge Lasnik put a nationwide stop to the Trump Administration's risky decision to allow downloadable, 3D-printed ghost guns to be distributed online", read the attorney's statement.

The company's website had said downloads would begin today, but blueprints for "the Liberator", a single-shot.380-caliber plastic pistol has been posted on the site since Friday. The "ghost guns" blueprints have already been downloaded thousands of times since they were leaked online this week.

Trump said, without specifying which part of the argument he was referring to. The technology has quickly grown, too, with 3D blueprints for guns now making all the headlines. In court, they'll decide whether Defense Distributed will be banned from releasing the prints while the case continues.

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The company submitted the requests and filed a lawsuit claiming the actions of the State Department were a form of "censorship of expression in violation of the First, Second and Fifth Amendments to the Constitution".

Spokeswoman Heather Nauert said the State Department got involved in the issue because the online plans can be accessed worldwide.

"I am looking into 3-D Plastic Guns being sold to the public, " Trump said on Twitter. "Doesn't seem to make much sense", exclamation point. The judge sided with Washington and other states, which sought the restraining order.

"It's a genie out of the bottle", said Alex Shkop, who owns Guns and Range Training Center in West Palm Beach. He said the Seattle court's restraining order violates First Amendment rights: "We were disappointed in the ruling and view it as a massive prior restraint of free speech".

Then, in June, President Trump's Department of Justice offered Wilson a settlement that would allow Defense Distributed to once again publish 3D-printable CAD files.

In the meantime, congressional Democrats have urged Donald Trump to reverse the decision to let Defense Distributed publish the plans.

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