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

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

Several U.S. states said on Monday that they would jointly sue the Trump administration in a last-ditch effort to block the public from being able to download blueprints for 3-D printable guns. 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. Ferguson asked in a statement Monday. 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.

Blueprints for 3D-printed guns, published online four days early amid last-minute attempts to ban them, have been downloaded thousands of times.

Ferguson's office is asking the court to issue a temporary restraining order barring Defense Distributed from publishing the 3D printed gun tutorials.

US District Judge Robert Pitman in Austin, Texas found that the groups, including the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence, lacked legal standing. Per Reuters, the government argued as recently as April of this year that 3D printable guns would fall into the hands of criminal groups and extremists. In an email, Wilson said he had uploaded the plans to its website on July 27 and that they were already available to download.

The State Department's decision to settle the case last month came as a surprise to pretty much everyone, including Defense Distributed, according to Wired. Defense Distributed is claiming that threatening a lawsuit to try to prevent the releasing of the files violates their Constitutionally protected speech, the Dormant Commerce Clause, the Right to Bear Arms, and the Supremacy Clause.

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Attorney General Shapiro and his legal team, working in concert with the Governor and State Police, will continue seeking a preliminary and permanent injunction against Defense Distributed's plans to make its 3D gun files available online as the litigation continues.

The issue first surfaced in 2013 when the State Department went after Wilson, arguing that making the computer programming available globally via the internet put him afoul of US laws on gun exports.

The lawsuit was filed in federal court in Seattle. The U.S. State Department quickly ordered Wilson to remove his plans, arguing that they violated worldwide arms treaties because the plans were in effect distributing weapons across the world.

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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