Published: Wed, August 01, 2018
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

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

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

On Monday, Minnesota Attorney General Lori Swanson-along with 20 states-sent a letter to the federal government, urging it to reconsider its recent decision to allow the online publication of 3D-printed guns, a practice that was previously prohibited.

U.S. District Court Judge Robert Lasnik in Seattle issued a temporary restraining order blocking the release of downloadable blueprints for 3D-printed firearms.

The states sought a restraining order and an injunction to block the gun info from being posted on the internet.

He says the company said in court it actually began distributing gun files Friday and by Sunday, 1,000 people had downloaded 3D plans for AR-15 semi-automatic assault rifles.

On July 10, 2018, Breitbart News reported that Wilson's Defense Distributed secured a settlement with the State Department allowing 3D print files to be shared online under the protections of the First Amendment. Trump said Tuesday that he's "looking into" the idea, saying making 3-D plastic guns available to the public "doesn't seem to make much sense!".

Earlier on Tuesday, Trump himself commented on the issue on Twitter. "Already spoke to NRA, doesn't seem to make much sense!" he tweeted.

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"It's his doing, it's his responsibility and the blood is going to be on his hands", said Sen.

Blackman also appeared to dispute whether Wilson's published computer-aided design, or CAD files, can be used by 3-D printers.

Vermont's congressional delegation has joined a flood of legal and legislative action to prohibit the publication of 3-D printed firearm blueprints following a federal settlement clearing the way for such plans to be made available online.

"As the chief law enforcement officers of our states, we believe the settlement terms and proposed rules are deeply risky and could have an unprecedented impact on public safety", the letter said.

New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Oregon, Maryland in addition to the District of Columbia are involved. On the company's website, people can download plans to make more advanced guns with metal parts from the comfort of their own home.

But he's concerned about drug cartels or terrorists groups who could afford to invest in the expensive printers in order to create untraceable weapons that would thwart metal detectors.

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The State Department reversed course last month, agreeing to allow Wilson to resume posting the blueprints.

With more than 4,500 downloads as of Tuesday afternoon, the most popular blueprint on the site appeared to be for "the Liberator", a single-shot.380-caliber handgun made nearly entirely of 3D-printed plastic.

The settlement followed a long legal battle between self-described anarchist Cody Wilson, 30, Defense Distributor's founder, and the department.

Unlike a plastic handgun that breaks after shooting one round, Lopez said, replicated plastic receivers allow plastic rifles to shoot several hundred rounds before they breaks.

"Many anti-gun politicians and members of the media have wrongly claimed that 3-D printing technology will allow for the production and widespread proliferation of undetectable plastic firearms".

Gottlieb says the settlement came down after the U.S. State Department realized they couldn't win the case in court because of a First Amendment violation.

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A firearms expert told CNN that a 3D printed gun would need to have some type of metal component because it's federal law.

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