Pennsylvania reaches deal to halt distribution of 3D gun-printing materials

Pennsylvania reaches deal to halt distribution of 3D gun-printing materials

Pennsylvania reaches deal to halt distribution of 3D gun-printing materials

According to Shapiro, the digital gun designs were downloaded over the weekend following a federal hearing in Philadelphia, which was "initiated" by the AG. In addition to granting Wilson permission to publicly release the files online, the government also agreed "to pay almost $40,000" in legal fees for Wilson, according to The New York Times.

The 3D-blueprints were removed from the site in 2013 because the government said it violated global regulation laws, but eventually surrendered, concluding 3D-gun blueprints count as constitutionally protected speech.

"The federal government is trying to allow access to online plans that will allow anyone to anonymously build their own downloadable, untraceable, and undetectable gun", Healey said in a statement. Left unchecked, Americans would be able to download a wide range of actual, working guns, including AR-15s, and 3D print their own guns - without serial numbers and without being subjected to the background check system for gun sales now in place under federal and state law through licensed firearms dealers.

So far, at least 21 state attorneys general have sued Defense Distributed, Wilson said in a Monday tweet.

The administration of US President Donald Trump failed to explain why it settled the case and allowed the publication of the blueprints, Ferguson said.

Attorney General Shapiro chose to sue on Monday - along with Gov. Tom Wolf and the Pennsylvania State Police - to block Defense Distributed from legally posting the plans.

"I have a question for the Trump Administration: Why are you allowing risky criminals easy access to weapons?"

The "public safety controversy" - as Shaprio puts it - "erupted" after Defense Distributed managed to score a federal settlement, allowing founder Cody Wilson to publish the gun plans online.

The battle dates to 2013, when the State Department ordered Wilson to remove from his website plans for making guns with a 3D printer, saying that they violated export regulations dealing with sensitive military hardware and technology.

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".

According to a press release from the Office of Attorney General, the lawsuit says, "Defense Distributed has sought to bypass these established legal requirements to instantaneously deliver real, operational firearms to any Pennsylvanian with an internet connection and a 3D printer".

"This is part of the Trump Derangement Syndrome".

The state attorneys general disagree.

"We hope that the Trump Administration will take the reasonable step of slowing down the settlement and sharing its reasons for doing a complete 180", she said in a statement to HuffPost.

But Defense Distributed began distributing the gun files earlier and by Sunday 1,000 people had already downloaded blueprints for an AR-15 style weapon. Once these untraceable guns are on our streets and in our schools, we can never get them back.

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