Eight states suing Trump administration, company over 3D guns

Eight states suing Trump administration, company over 3D guns

Eight states suing Trump administration, company over 3D guns

A federal judge in Seattle, Washington temporarily halted downloads of 3D-printable gun schematics Tuesday, questioning an agreement the Trump administration brokered with a Texas-based company that allowed them to be re-uploaded.

The restraining order puts that plan on hold for now.

"There are 3D printers in public colleges and public spaces and there is the likelihood of potential irreparable harm", he said. "He granted that relief", Ferguson said at a news conference after the hearing.

On Monday, 21 state attorneys general sent a letter to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Attorney General Jeff Sessions asking the government to withdraw from the settlement.

In the meantime, Congressional Democrats have urged President Trump to reverse the decision to let Defense Distributed publish the plans. The guns are made of a hard plastic and are simple to assemble, easy to hide and difficult to trace. "Already spoke to NRA, doesn't seem to make much sense!"

After a yearslong court battle, the State Department in late June settled the case against Defence Distributed. A settlement reached this summer takes effect Wednesday. State acted on the advice of Justice Department lawyers.

"These ghost guns are untraceable, virtually undetectable and, without today's victory, available to any felon, domestic abuser or terrorist", he said in a separate statement.

The company's website had said downloads would begin Wednesday, but blueprints for at least one gun - a plastic pistol called the Liberator - have been posted on the site since Friday.

The debate over gun control has largely died down after a series of school shootings that stirred public outrage, but the administration's agreement has refocused some attention on the issue ahead of November's midterm elections.

The president expressed doubt, saying "doesn't seem to make much sense!" Lisa Murkowski tweeted, linking to a news story on the guns.

Trump spokesman Hogan Gidley made much the same point, saying the administration supports the law against wholly plastic guns, including those made with a 3D printer.

Some lawmakers had earlier called for the online schematics to be blocked.

M - A U.S. federal judge in Seattle has blocked the release of software that allows consumers to 3D-print firearms, BBC reports.

Gidley notes that it's now illegal to own or make a wholly plastic gun, including any made with a 3D printer, and says the administration supports that law and "will continue to look at all options available to us to do what is necessary to protect Americans while also supporting the First and Second amendments".

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