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

A plastic pistol that was completely made on a 3D-printer at a home in Austin Texas

A plastic pistol that was completely made on a 3D-printer at a home in Austin Texas

Several U.S. states said on Monday that they would jointly sue the Trump administration in a last-ditch effort to block the public from being able to download blueprints for 3-D printable guns. The agreement allowed the company to publicly distribute schematics for handguns and rifles including the AR-15, which it says it plans to begin doing on August 1. "Defense Distributed was promising to distribute guns in Pennsylvania in reckless disregard of the state laws that apply to gun sales and purchases in our Commonwealth".

The 3D files include blueprints for a plastic AR-15 semiautomatic assault rifle, a weapon that has been used in many U.S. mass shootings, as well as other firearms.

The controversy centers on Defense Distributed, a firm that began publishing gun designs in 2013, but was told to stop soon thereafter by the US State Department.

Five years ago, Cody Wilson launched what he called "the era of the downloadable gun", a time when anyone can use a 3D printer to make a working firearm.

An emergency hearing in federal court was held Sunday in Philadelphia to block access to the downloaded guns in Pennsylvania.

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"The notion that removal of an item from the [U.S. munitions list] is in the national security interest defies common sense", the attorneys general wrote in the lawsuit. He said the settlement also violated states' rights to regulate firearms. It also agreed to not upload any new 3-D gun files online.

"The threat of untraceable guns in the hands of unknown owners is too daunting to stand by and not take action", Governor Wolf said.

"I have filed suit against [Attorney General Grewal]..."

But it turns out that Defense Distributed actually rang that bell before the lawsuit was filed.

Wilson responded to the latest legal battle on Twitter calling on Second Amendment advocates to fight for their online rights. "They fund its direct, material expansion", according to the lawsuit. The lawsuit states that "among these controls are criminal laws, including the Pennsylvania Uniform Firearms Act".

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The firearms can be printed without the serial numbers required of licensed manufacturers, leaving the guns invisible to background checks and untraceable by law enforcement, earning them the name ghost guns.

Trump's concern comes after Democratic state officials filed last-minute lawsuits and prepared legislation in a frantic attempt to halt the widespread availability of 3-D printable plastic guns.

"Just goosed Brady, Gabby and Mike Bloomberg in federal court". But due to the pending legal battle, Wilson has chose to abide by the cease-and-desist orders, and will not make DEFCAD available in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Los Angeles.

At issue is a June settlement between the United States government and Texas-based Defense Distributed company that will allow it to legally publish gun blueprints online.

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