Judge issues important ruling on 3D printed guns hours before midnight deadline

Judge issues important ruling on 3D printed guns hours before midnight deadline

Judge issues important ruling on 3D printed guns hours before midnight deadline

"There is a possibility of irreparable harm because of the way these guns can be made", he said.

"There is no indication in the settlement agreement or elsewhere that any analysis, study or determination was made by the government defendants in consultation with other agencies", says the release from the Attorney General's Office.

A U.S. federal judge in Seattle has blocked the release of software that allows consumers to 3D-print firearms. "He granted that relief", Ferguson said at a news conference after the hearing.

Also today, Attorney General Grewal joined 20 other state attorneys general in a letter criticizing Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Attorney General Jeff Sessions for settling the federal lawsuit against Defense Distributed and urging them to withdraw from the settlement before the company publishes the computer files later this week.

"The decision tonight to block Pennsylvania users from downloading these 3D gun files is a victory for public safety and common sense".

Earlier in the day President Trump tweeted on the matter. The plastic guns are easy to hide and hard to trace.

The designs were not due to be made public until Wednesday, following a ruling from the US Justice Department. The group sued and reached a settlement last month that allowed it to begin publishing the information on August 1. The company's founder, Cody Wilson, developed a printable plastic pistol known as the "Liberator.380" in 2012 and put the plans online, but was blocked by the federal government.

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

"As the chief law enforcement officers of our states, we believe the settlement terms and proposed rules are deeply unsafe and could have an unprecedented impact on public safety", the letter said.

Although Defense Distributed was expected to publicise the plans on Wednesday, more than 1,000 people have downloaded the files for building an AR-15 rifle - the same gun used in many of America's mass shootings - since Friday. A lawyer for the company said he doesn't know how many blueprints have been downloaded since then.

The election-year headache is a problem of the administration's own making.

The president expressed doubt, saying "doesn't seem to make much sense!".

They discussed the dangers of the 3D printed guns and the legislation to address it.

Trump's comments come as eight states and the District of Columbia are taking legal action against his administration for permitting the release of the gun-printing plans.

President Trump has also voiced concern via his Twitter account. Lisa Murkowski tweeted, linking to a news story on the guns. Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson, a Democrat, said in a statement Monday. Critics say it open up a Pandora's box of what they call ghost guns.

A 1988 federal law - drafted with NRA support - barred the manufacture, sale or possession of an undetectable firearm.

Some plastic-gun designers got around the restriction by adding a removable metal block.

Attorney Josh Blackman, represents Defense Distributed, the Texas-based company releasing the 3D-printed plastic gun blueprints.

"There are some that are commercially available that are much cheaper". The State Department moved to stop Wilson, saying he was violating worldwide agreements on arms trafficking. The process requires some technical know-how that goes beyond hitting a print button, experts say.

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