Federal judge orders stop to release of 3-D-printed guns

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

Like, he hasn't been distributing it, but those files have been available on file-sharing sites.

Meanwhile, Defense Distributed agreed to block temporarily Pennsylvania residents from downloading the plans after state officials went to federal court in Philadelphia on Sunday (Monday NZT) seeking an emergency order.

Trump spoke after eight states filed suit against the administration, contending the hard-to-trace plastic weapons are a boon to terrorists and criminals and threaten public safety. A multi-state lawsuit sought to issue a restraining order and an injunction to block Defense Distributed from publishing the 3D designs. A total of 20 states (and DC) have sent a separate letter expressing their support.

Although DIY gunsmithing is legal in many forms under USA law, including when it's done with a 3D printer, critics have pushed back against the government's settlement, saying it would undermine domestic and global gun control efforts by greatly expanding access to untraceable homemade guns. "I hope the President does the right thing and directs his administration to change course", he added.

It has been reported that, although the blueprints were supposed to be made available from Wednesday, they were released early and have already been downloaded thousands of times.

Since the weapons "did not create a military advantage", he told the judge, "how could the government justify regulating the data?"

"All you need is a little money and you can download a blueprint from the Internet to make a gun at home, " said Senate minority leader Chuck Schumer.

In the meantime, Congressional Democrats have urged President Donald Trump to reverse the decision to let Defense Distributed publish the plans.

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Trump, for his part, has spoken at the NRA's annual conference in each of his two years as president and has resisted gun control after a number of high-profile mass shootings.

Attempts to post 3-D gun blue prints online have been blocked by a judge in Washington.

The publication of the files comes after a three-year legal battle between Defense Distributed and the State Department.

Although the Austin-based company said it would start allowing downloads on Wednesday, the blueprints for at least one gun have been posted on its website since Friday. Some gun rights groups say the technology is expensive, the guns are unreliable and the threat is being overblown.

"What strikes me as potentially more important are the issues involving files for manufacturing completed firearms from partially completed ones." he said. More to the point, making a firearm for personal use is completely legal, and should remains so.

But plans for other guns have been available for years and it would be nearly impossible to stop them being shared in the future.

Some gun rights advocates said a ban would infringe on their rights and have no impact on crime. The ammunition is made of metal and is easily detectable with today's metal detectors.

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