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White House: DOJ didn't consult Trump on 3D-printed guns

White House: DOJ didn't consult Trump on 3D-printed guns

White House spokesman Hogan Gidley later told reporters it's illegal "to own or make a wholly plastic gun of any kind, including those made on a 3-D printer".

The states that filed suit are asking U.S. District Judge Robert Lasnik in Seattle to issue an injunction to block the online distribution of the gun blueprints.

Washington's Attorney General, Bob Ferguson, said at a press conference before filing the lawsuit on Monday that the Trump administration's settlement was "unprecedented and not only disastrous for public safety but undermines our state laws meant to keep firearms out of the hands of risky individuals". "Already spoke to NRA, doesn't seem to make much sense".

But he added the fact the legislation includes the phrase "it shall be unlawful for any person to intentionally publish" "should attract the attention of anyone who's concerned about our First Amendment and other constitutional rights".

Connecticut Sen. Richard Blumenthal was more graphic, saying that if Trump does not block sale of the 3D guns, "Blood is going to be on his hands".

President Donald Trump has questioned whether his administration should have agreed to allow the plans to be posted online.

"This is where we are taking gun rights in the future, in the future all guns will be made by 3D printers, all cars will be made by 3D printers", said Alan Gottlieb with the Second Amendment Foundation.

Josh Blackman, a lawyer representing the company behind the 3D-printed gun, said Wednesday that Defense Distributed may appeal the restraining order.

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In the poll, a joint project of The Hill and HarrisX polling company, 79 percent of voters said that providing the blueprints should be illegal, while only 21 percent said the practice should be legal.

"There are 3D printers in public colleges and public spaces and there is the likelihood of potential irreparable harm", he said.

The gun plans were pulled from the internet in 2013 by order of the U.S. State Department under global gun trafficking laws.

They are often called "ghost guns" because it's possible for people to make their own firearm without the serial number which allows cops to trace them. 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!".

The legal wrangling is the latest fight over gun rights in the United States, where a series of mass shootings in recent years has re-ignited the long-simmering debate over access to firearms.

"It is deeply concerning that anyone could have the ability to create untraceable and potentially undetectable deadly weapons", Washington Gov. Jay Inslee said in a statement. Federal law passed in 1988, crafted with the NRA's support, makes it unlawful to manufacture, import, sell, ship, deliver, possess, transfer, or receive an undetectable firearm.

Sen. Bob Menendez joined other Democrats in Congress Tuesday to announce the "3D Printing Safety Act" to prevent anyone from posting the blueprints online.

Unlike traditional firearms that can fire thousands of rounds in their lifetime, experts say the 3D-printed guns normally only last a few rounds before they fall apart.


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