Judge issues order to stop release of 3-D plastic gun blueprints

US Judge halts 3D printed gun downloads

"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", said Ferguson following yesterday's court order.

Texas-based Defense Distributed had planned to make the instructions widely available Wednesday following the U.S. State Department's settlement of a years-old lawsuit against the company.

Still, Mittow says many 3D printers, even ones that run a couple thousand dollars, would be capable of making plastic guns.

Blueprints to print out 3D plastic guns were temporarily blocked from going up online this week after national outcry over security concerns involved with untraceable and potentially undetectable printed guns.

The lawsuit against the Trump administration was filed in Seattle, Washington, by the state's Attorney General Bob Ferguson.

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

On the group's Web site, downloads are now available for a plastic handgun called the Liberator, as well as part of an AR-15, and a Beretta M-9 handgun. Cody Wilson, the founder of a company called Defend Distributed that has published the blueprints online, told CBS News he believes "access to firearms is a fundamental human dignity". He revealed last month that after a long legal battle, he had settled with the Department of Justice and could now legally share gun models online, citing his First Amendment right to share information.

President Trump also questioned his administration's decision on the settlement.

They do not make or sell, possess, or export the guns, they merely post the code.

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"Coming to a theater near you, coming to a school near you, these ghost guns are the new wave of American gun violence", said Connecticut Sen.

Trump had tweeted earlier that he was looking into the issue, adding, "Already spoke to NRA, doesn't seem to make much sense!".

CNN reported Wilson said he had suspended downloads of the 3D-printer gun "until he reviews the order". They have never used their 3D printers to make a gun and say they never will.

3D printed guns generally fall apart after a couple of shots.

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

"I have a question for the Trump Administration: Why are you allowing risky criminals easy access to weapons?" Separately, attorneys general in 21 states urged Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Monday to withdraw from the settlement with Defence Distributed, saying it "creates an imminent risk to public safety".

"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. "We are very disappointed in this court's ruling today".

The restraining order puts that plan on hold for now.

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