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Release of 3D-Printed Gun Blueprints Temporarily Halted

Plans were due to be posted online Wednesday
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Aug 1, 2018 12:01 AM CDT
Judge Blocks Release of 3D-Printed Gun Blueprints
In this May 10, 2013, file photo, Cody Wilson, the founder of Defense Distributed, shows a plastic handgun made on a 3D-printer at his home in Austin, Texas.   (Jay Janner/Austin American-Statesman via AP, File)

A federal judge on Tuesday stopped the release of blueprints to make untraceable and undetectable 3D-printed plastic guns as President Trump questioned whether his administration should have agreed to allow the plans to be posted online. The Austin, Texas-based company behind the plans, Defense Distributed, had reached a settlement with the federal government in June allowing it to make the plans for the guns available for download on Wednesday. The restraining order from US District Judge Robert Lasnik in Seattle puts that plan on hold for now, the AP reports. Washington state Attorney General Bob Ferguson called the ruling "a complete, total victory." Defense Distributed blocked downloads from its site after the ruling, CNN reports. Judges in New York and New Jersey issued similar rulings Tuesday, USA Today reports.

"We were asking for a nationwide temporary restraining order putting a halt to this outrageous decision by the federal government to allow these 3D downloadable guns to be available around our country and around the world. He granted that relief," Ferguson said at a news conference. Eight Democratic attorneys general had filed a lawsuit Monday seeking to block the settlement. They also sought the restraining order, arguing the 3D guns would be a safety risk. Some plans had already been published online, however, and there are reports that thousands had already downloaded them. Congressional Democrats have urged Trump to reverse the decision to publish the plans, and some Republicans have also expressed concern. The White House deputy press secretary told reporters Tuesday it's already illegal to own or make "wholly plastic" guns in the US, and Trump tweeted Tuesday, "I am looking into 3-D Plastic Guns being sold to the public. Already spoke to NRA, doesn’t seem to make much sense!"

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