Federal judge blocks release of 3-D printable gun designs

Federal judge blocks release of 3-D printable gun designs

President Donald Trump came under heavy pressure Tuesday to block blueprints for 3D printers to make deadly plastic guns, stepping into the dispute after his administration agreed to allow plans for guns that could be easy to hide and hard to trace.

Trump said he's spoken with the National Rifle Association about the so-called ghost guns, although the gun lobby hasn't directly weighed in on the issue.

"We don't agree with President Trump very much", Washington state Assistant Attorney General Jeff Rupert told Lasnik, "but when he tweeted 'this doesn't make much sense, ' that's something we agree with".

The settlement agreement allowed Defense Distributed to freely publish its gun designs, but according to Ferguson's office, the agreement, which wasn't made public until July 10, was done "in an arbitrary and capricious" fashion by the Trump administration and violates the Administrative Procedure Act.

In response to the State Department's decision, 21 state attorneys general sent a letter to Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to argue the decision was "deeply unsafe and could have an unprecedented impact on public safety". On Monday, eight states sued the federal government in an attempt to force the Trump Administration to reinstate the ban. Lisa Murkowski tweeted, linking to a news story on the guns.

"Creating an unlicensed gun with a 3D printer should not be a "do-it-yourself" download available to anyone", Durkan said.

It is - simply - insane to give criminals the tools to build untraceable, undetectable 3D printed guns at the touch of a button.

"Our Congress has carefully crafted laws to protect us and, in one moment, without any consultation with experts, the administration undoes it", said Ferguson, who also called the settlement "arbitrary and capricious".

Last week, a federal judge in Texas denied, on procedural grounds, an emergency motion for a temporary restraining order against the company filed by three groups: Everytown for Gun Safety, the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence and the Giffords Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence.

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Washington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson is leading the case against the Trump administration.

Wolf says untraceable guns in the hands of unknown users "is too daunting to stand by and not take action".

It would have allowed anyone with access to a printer to potentially build a lethal weapon, which opponents say can not be seen by a metal detector or tracked to a licence holder. The firm's designs would allow owners of 3D-printers to create their own plastic firearms.

Some plastic-gun designers got around the restriction by adding a removable metal block.

Senator Mike Lee, Republican from Utah, blocked a Democratic request to bring the bill straight to the Senate floor, citing First Amendment free speech concerns.

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.

Cody Wilson, the founder of Defense Distributed, first published downloadable designs for a 3D-printed firearm in 2013.

The company behind the plans, Austin, Texas-based Defense Distributed, had reached a settlement with the federal government in June that allows it to make the plans for the guns available for download on Wednesday.