USA release of 3D-printed gun software blocked

Nine states are suing the Trump administration to stop 3D-printed guns

Judge blocks release of 3-D printable guns; what's at stake in the debate over homemade firearms

"I am thankful and relieved Judge Lasnik put a nationwide stop to the Trump Administration's unsafe decision to allow downloadable, 3D-printed ghost guns to be distributed online", said Ferguson following yesterday's court order.

White House spokesman Hogan Gidley told reporters on Tuesday: "It is now illegal to own or make a wholly plastic gun of any kind - including those made on a 3D printer".

State Sens. Vincent Hughes, D-Philadelphia, and Wayne Fontana, D-Allegheny, said Wednesday they plan to introduce legislation that would amend the state definition of "firearm" to include 3D printed guns and would prevent people from printing guns unless they have a federal firearm manufacturing license.

As uproar was building Tuesday over Wilson's efforts, the president tweeted that making plastic 3D-printed guns publicly available "doesn't seem to make much sense".

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

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Some gun rights groups point out laws allow people to make their own guns now and say this isn't all that different. Lasnik said First Amendment issues had to be looked at closely and set another hearing in the case for August 10.

Blueprints for the weapons will appear online a month after gun-rights group Defense Distributed settled with the government to permit them to share them on the internet.

The company's website had said downloads would begin on Wednesday, but blueprints for at least one gun, a plastic pistol called the Liberator, have been posted on the site since Friday. It's unclear how many downloads have already occurred, but the Internet being what it is, one download was probably enough for the plans to get to everyone who wants them.

Imagine being able to make a gun in your home with a 3D printer. "Right now, we need an injunction, and we need it today".

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".

On Tuesday, before the court decision, the States Department Spokeswoman said, it'll be a hot topic. A judge in Seattle granted the injunction Tuesday after eight USA states and the District of Columbia argued that criminals and terrorists would use the blueprints to make untraceable, undetectable plastic weapons.

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Cody Wilson, founder of Defence Distributed, first published downloadable designs for a 3D-printed firearm in 2013. The worry is, that they're unregistered and therefore undetectable.

When filing the lawsuit on Monday, AG Ferguson asked the court for an emergency restraining order "to avoid immediate and irreparable harm to the States and the nation". Oregon's attorney general, Ellen Rosenblum, called releasing the plans online an utter disregard for public safety.

The Trump administration previously ruled to allow Wilson and Defense Distributed to publish the blueprints.

Judge Robert S. Lasnik in Seattle agreed with the states and issued a restraining order.

Wilson sued the federal government in 2015.

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But Defense Distributed had other plans, including those for a semi-automatic rifle similar to the AR-15, that have now been put on hold.

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