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United States court bans release of blueprints for 3D-printed guns

United States court bans release of blueprints for 3D-printed guns”

"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", Washington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson said. Beyond separate suits, both on Monday joined onto a group lawsuit with several states led by the attorney general of Washington. OR is joining a lawsuit against the U.S. Department of State to prevent a Texas company from posting designs for guns that can be made on 3-D printers. During a news conference at the Capitol, the lawmakers described it as a "deadly mistake" and a "self-inflicted public safety crisis".

Attorney General Maura Healey is suing the Trump administration for allowing a website to post plans that let people print a gun with a 3D printer.

On Tuesday Senate Democrats introduced a bill that would make it illegal to publish 3D-printer gun designs online. Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut, Ed Markey of MA and Robert Menendez of New Jersey.

Senator Richard Blumenthal of CT, also a Democrat, went further, saying that if Trump does not block the open printing of 3-D guns, "Blood is going to be on his hands".

Other states also are trying to bar access to 3D printed guns.

Trump wrote on Twitter the idea "doesn't seem to make much sense!".

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The State Department and Justice Department, which represented the government in the case, did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the announcement of the lawsuit.

3D printing is expensive and time-consuming, said Dukes and it costs more than buying a legal gun. But a federal judge issued a temporary restraining order, to stop the release.

Downloads of data to produce untraceable plastic gun parts on a 3D printer have been halted by a federal judge in Seattle this afternoon.

Since the weapons "did not create a military advantage", he told the judge, "how could the government justify regulating the data?"

Josh Blackman, a lawyer representing the company behind the 3D-printed gun, said Wednesday that Defense Distributed may appeal the restraining order. It was downloaded about 100,000 times until the State Department ordered him to cease, contending it violated federal export laws since some of the blueprints were downloaded by people outside the United States.

The State Department demanded Wilson take down his blueprints five years ago. "This has nothing to do with President Trump", Gottlieb said.

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Twenty-six percent of Republicans said the practice should be legal, while only 14 percent of Democrats agreed.

During his 18-month presidency, which has seen a fresh wave of mass shootings at schools and public places, Trump has occasionally seemed to favor tougher gun regulations, before buckling under pressure from his base and donors.

A 1988 federal law - drafted with NRA support - barred the manufacture, sale or possession of an undetectable firearm.

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

The firearms are made of polymer that can not be flagged by metal detectors - and they are untraceable because the weapons are homemade and lack serial numbers.

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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