United States judge blocks release of plans for 3D-printed guns

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

A federal judge on Tuesday stopped the release of blueprints to make untraceable and undetectable 3D-printed plastic guns as President Donald Trump questioned whether his administration should have agreed to allow the plans to be posted online.

Hours after a federal judge forced a group in Texas to remove online blueprints for 3-D printed firearms on Tuesday, gun-rights groups in California said they were publishing the files on a separate website.

Just one day before instructions to make 3D-printed untraceable, plastic guns would be made available online, a federal judge issued a temporary restraining order. "There is a possibility of irreparable harm because of the way these guns can be made", he said.

3D-printed guns are made out of plastic with very few metal parts that are often removable.

"This is something that is unsafe to public safety, to have these firearms out there that are untraceable that perhaps could go past metal detectors in airports", said Rebecca Gonzales, co-chair of the Sacramento chapter of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence.

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Defense Distributed's website said it would publish the files on Wednesday but blueprints for seven guns already were available for download.

In 2015, Wilson and gun rights group Second Amendment Foundation retaliated, filing suit against the State Department, which they alleged violated Wilson's right to free speech (as promised in the First Amendment).

A four-year legal battle followed between digital weapons publisher Defense Distributed, pro-gun activists the Second Amendment Foundation and the federal government, which concluded with a surprise decision that U.S. citizens can "access. use and reproduce" the plans.

Gun advocates say the guns are tedious and expensive to make, and don't hold up well.

A Texas company called Defense Distributed is now fighting a legal battle over publication of plans which would allow gun lovers to print out firearms including a replica of the notorious AR-15 assault rifle, which has been used in a number of mass shootings.

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Trump tweeted Tuesday he is "looking into 3-D Plastic Guns being sold to the public", adding that he "already spoke to NRA". A U.S. judge ruled that a website had to temporarily suspend posting the blueprint for undetectable firearms.

"Regardless of what a person may be able to publish on the Internet, undetectable plastic guns have been illegal for 30 years", the NRA said in a statement. The plans were downloaded about 100,000 times until the US State Department blocked it, claiming the distribution beyond the US borders violated laws on weapons export.

"We're disappointed", Wilson told The New York Times.

Lasnik is expected to hold a hearing on August 10 to determine whether the order should be made permanent.

As of Monday, 21 state attorneys general have sued the firm.

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"As the nation rises up and calls for action against gun violence, it is absurd and frightening that the federal government wants to make accessing an automatic weapon as easy as hitting print", he said. 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.

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