Judge issues important ruling on 3D printed guns hours before midnight deadline

Judge issues important ruling on 3D printed guns hours before midnight deadline

Kerry Wise
August 2, 2018

New York Attorney General Barbara Underwood announced on Twitter that the order would go into effect nationwide and described it as a "major victory for common sense and public safety".

On Monday, several states-including Washington, New York, and Massachusetts-filed a lawsuit against Defense Distributed, a nonprofit from Texas native Cody Wilson that plans on uploading a whole library of 3D-printed gun designs on August 1.

The states sought a restraining order and an injunction to block the gun info from being posted on the internet.

A federal judge in Seattle issued a restraining order, which temporarily stopped the release of blueprints to make 3D-printed plastic guns.

'I am looking into 3-D Plastic Guns being sold to the public.

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"We gave up nothing", Wilson said.

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

"The age of the downloadable gun begins", Defense Distributed stated on its site after its settlement with the State Department.

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One problem with Blumenthal's claim is that 3D printed guns have been around for years, they are not a novel concept.

U.S. District Judge Robert S. Lasnik ordered that plans to release the code on Wednesday stop and reimposed the original restrictions blocking the publication.

Washington's Attorney General, Bob Ferguson, said at a press conference before filing the lawsuit on Monday that the Trump administration's settlement was "unprecedented and not only disastrous for public safety but undermines our state laws meant to keep firearms out of the hands of unsafe individuals". "In the United States, it's now illegal to own or make a wholly plastic gun of any kind, including those made on a 3D printer".

'I have a question for the Trump Administration: Why are you allowing unsafe criminals easy access to weapons?' Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson, a Democrat, said in a statement Monday.

Cody Wilson, gun rights activist and founder of Defense Distributed, ushered in a new era of gun making in 2013 when he published a printable blueprint of a weapon called The Liberator, a functional single-shot pistol that was mostly made out of plastic.

The blueprints can be used with special printers and certain plastics or metal to manufacture the instruments capable of discharging live rounds.

On Sunday, July 29, 2018, Defense Distributed and the Second Amendment Foundation, a gun rights organization, sued Attorney General Grewal in federal district court in Austin, Texas, seeking to prevent Attorney General Grewal from preventing the publication of the company's computer files on its website, known as "DEFCAD". A lawyer for the company said he didn't know how many blueprints had been downloaded since then. The firm's designs would allow owners of 3D-printers to create their own plastic firearms.

He added that it didn't "seem to make much sense!".