Judge blocks plans to post 3D-printed gun blueprints online

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The ruling comes after the US State Department settled a case with Defense Distributed last month, allowing the company to make blueprints for the 3D-printed weapons available for download. That decision followed a four-year legal battle between the government and Defense Distributed owner Cody Wilson, along with gun-rights activist group The Second Amendment Foundation, over the plans.

But the settlement didn’t bring the situation to a close. A multi-state lawsuit sought to issue a restraining order and an injunction to block Defense Distributed from publishing the 3D designs.

Judge Robert S. Lasnik in Seattle agreed with the states and issued a restraining order. He said releasing the blueprints would cause “a likelihood of irreparable harm because of the way these guns can be made.”

Washington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson called the decision “a complete, total victory.”

“We were asking for a nationwide temporary restraining order putting a halt to this outrageous decision by the federal government to allow these 3D downloadable guns to be available around our country and around the world. He granted that relief,” Ferguson said. “That is significant.”

Cody Wilson said he has now shut down his site as a result of the Judge’s ruling. "By order of a federal judge in the Western District of Washington, http://DEFCAD.com is going dark," he tweeted.

President Trump weighed in on the matter with a tweet on Tuesday. “I am looking into 3-D Plastic Guns being sold to the public,” he said. “Already spoke to NRA, doesn’t seem to make much sense!”

Defense Distributed was set to make the blueprints available yesterday (August 1), but some were released early and had already been downloaded thousands of times. CNN reports that another organization, the Firearms Policy Coalition, has posted the plans online, arguing that it "does not recognize" the court order.

The National Rifle Association said that undetectable plastic guns are already illegal.

"Many antigun politicians and members of the media have wrongly claimed that 3D-printing technology will allow for the production and widespread proliferation of undetectable plastic firearms," said Chris Cox, the NRA's executive director for legislative action.

"Regardless of what a person may be able to publish on the internet, undetectable plastic guns have been illegal for 30 years. Federal law passed in 1988, crafted with the NRA's support, makes it unlawful to manufacture, import, sell, ship, deliver, possess, transfer or receive an undetectable firearm."

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IAMTHESTIG

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There are certainly more effective means of killing someone that you can easily obtain, even easier than a 3D printed gun.
 
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wiyosaya

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Meanwhile, two very common stores supply everything you need to blow up a good-sized building with a bomb you can set off from anywhere that has wireless coverage. Buuut that's none of my business.
In reality, it is probably more than just "two very common stores."

An old friend of mine said her boyfriend had a saying: "Life's a b!tch. Then you die."
 

m4a4

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Meanwhile, two very common stores supply everything you need to blow up a good-sized building with a bomb you can set off from anywhere that has wireless coverage. Buuut that's none of my business.
That was my first thought. There are hundreds of different ways to make a deadly weapon. Heck, I'd bet you can make a more reliable gun with local hardware store parts. These printed plastic guns are essentially a fire once and forget weapon. Not terribly convenient.

But hey, the crowd that's yelling the loudest against this isn't really known for logic...
 

Kanaric

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I found a link to this gun plus several others in an all in one zip file on pirate bay in just 30 seconds. Do people honestly think you cant block people from finding this stuff? So dumb.
 

treetops

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A wasted effort. The files have already been posted on line and downloaded by a few thousand individuals, thus meaning they will be forever available to those that want them ......
Yeah but now they are illegal. Just like driving without insurance it's a deterrent not a cure.
 
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