Published: Tue, July 31, 2018
Worldwide | By Victor Meyer

Eight US states craft Trump lawsuit on 3D guns

Eight US states craft Trump lawsuit on 3D guns

Following an emergency hearing in federal court in Philadelphia, Defense Distributed, the company seeking to distribute downloadable gun files over the internet, agreed to make its sites inaccessible to Pennsylvania users and to not upload any new 3D gun files.

Ferguson was joined at his Monday morning press conference with a range of Seattle officials, including Mayor Jenny Durkan, City Attorney Pete Holmes, and Interim Police Chief Carmen Best. David Cicilline of Rhode Island and Seth Moulton of MA, said they planned to introduce a bill Tuesday that would prohibit 3D printed plastic guns that can not be detected in standard security screens. 3D printed guns are untraceable and require no background checks; you're basically manufacturing the firearm yourself.

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

Defense Distributed touts itself as the only such gun-technology business in the United States authorized by the federal government to publish those blueprints in the form of design data for the 3-D printers.

The controversy began in 2013 when self-styled crypto-anarchist Cody Wilson showed off the world's first 3D-printed gun.

Wilson had sued the U.S. government in 2015 after being ordered by State Department officials to take down a series of designs he posted for a 3-D printed pistol, dubbed "The Liberator".

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A retired Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco Firearms and Explosives agent told CBS News that the guns are unregulated and untraceable and a threat to public safety. Schumer took issue with the guns not just because they could be downloaded by anyone, but because they were made out of plastic polymers and wouldn't be detected be a metal detector (the bullets and firing pin would be, but not the main portion of the gun).

Shapiro and the other plaintiffs will seek longer-lasting protections in the form of preliminary and permanent injunctions, according to the release.

The suit, announced Monday by Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson, claims the federal government broke the law when it settled a 2015 dispute with 3D printed gunmaker Defense Distributed and the Bellevue, Wash., gun rights group the Second Amendment Foundation.

Its files include 3-D printable blueprints for a plastic AR-15 semi-automatic assault rifle, a version of a weapon that has been used in many USA mass shootings, as well as other firearms. He stated that "his office is authorized to file lawsuits to "enjoin" the manufacture, importation, or possession of an undetectable firearm".

Defense Distributed did not reply to a request for comment on Monday.

Second Amendment Foundation founder and executive vice president Alan Gottlieb countered the type of arguments employed by Ferguson, saying, "You can not exercise the right to keep and bear arms without being able to buy or make your own firearm".

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