Published: Tue, July 31, 2018
World News | By Joan Terry

States Sue to Block Downloads of 3D-Printed Gun Instructions

States Sue to Block Downloads of 3D-Printed Gun Instructions

A lawsuit filed Monday by Washington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson is challenging the Trump administration's decision to allow the release of blueprints for 3D-printed guns, saying the move would provide broad unregulated access to risky weapons.

People can use the plans to manufacture a hard-to-trace plastic gun using a 3D printer. Ferguson said in a statement Monday. Durkan said while she was the U.S. Attorney for Western Washington her office considered 3D-printed guns a risky threat for countering terrorism, especially in how the plastic guns could be brought onto commercial flights.

Washington, Oregon, New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Maryland, and Washington, D.C., are all joining together to seek a restraining order and an injunction to halt the release of the 3D printable gun files.

But blueprints for nine types of gun were uploaded to the Defense Distributed website on Friday.

"The [digital firearms] company, Defense Distributed, had promised that on August 1, 'the age of the downloadable gun formally begins, '" said Shapiro's office.

Wilson told The Post that the concerns about public safety risks and gun regulations are "not what this controversy is about".

Wilson took the plans down but then sued the federal government in 2015, arguing that the policy was infringing on his right to free speech and bear arms.

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In the letter from the city of Los Angeles to Defense Distributed Feuer wrote the publication of the files "would pose a direct and immediate threat to public safety in the City of Los Angeles and cause numerous violations of California and City laws created to protect the public from gun violence".

The government failed to study the impact of its decision and did not consult with other agencies before settling, making its actions "arbitrary and capricious", in violation of federal law, Ferguson said.

Gun control proponents and state officials are racing the clock to try to block blueprints to make guns from 3D printers from going online Wednesday.

Defense Distributed is a Texas-based company founded by self-declared anarchist and former law school student Cody Wilson in 2012 as an online, open-source organization developing digital firearm files.

Wilson, Defense Distributed and the Second Amendment Foundation have by contrast maintained that this is a First Amendment case, claiming that the government's attempts to block the publication of the information on the web amounts to prior restraint barred by Supreme Court precedent.

The LA's Attorney's Office and the New Jersey District Attorney's Office did not return AmmoLand's request for comments at the time of publication.
"Without any checking, because all you do is go online, buy the kit, and you can make it".

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