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Eight states suing Trump administration, company over 3D guns

Bob Ferguson doesnt want these plans in your home Bob Ferguson doesn't want these plans in your home. Getty Images
Bennie Garza | 01 August, 2018, 15:59

The Obama administration had opposed the move for many years.

Attorney General Maura Healey is suing the Trump administration for allowing a website to post plans that let people print a gun with a 3D printer.

'I have a question for the Trump Administration: Why are you allowing risky criminals easy access to weapons?' Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson, a Democrat, said in a statement Monday.

A coalition of attorneys general from eight states and the District of Columbia filed a lawsuit against the Trump administration on Monday to stop a Texas-based company from publishing instructions for 3D-printed guns on its website. "So be it. I'm not backing down on public safety", Grewal posted on Twitter. Those plans were put on hold by the Seattle judge's decision. "No background check. No criminal history check".

On Monday, several states-including Washington, New York, and Massachusetts-filed a lawsuit against Defense Distributed, a nonprofit from Texas native Cody Wilson that plans on uploading a whole library of 3D-printed gun designs on August 1.

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

"We don't agree with President Trump very much", Washington state Assistant Attorney General Jeff Rupert told Lasnik, "but when he tweeted 'this doesn't make much sense, ' that's something we agree with".

Sen. Edward Markey of MA said Trump has boasted that he alone can fix problems afflicting the country.

"Well, fix this deadly mistake that once again your administration has made", Markey said in a remark directed at the president. If you want your Second Amendment online, THIS is the fight. Lisa Murkowski tweeted, linking to a news story on the guns.

"When it comes to something as basic as public safety, our State Department's saying, hey, this is a giveaway for terrorists", said Bob Ferguson, Washington Attorney General.

"The recent decision on distribution of plans for 3D printed guns via the Internet is a victory for free speech and, quite likely, the death knell for the failed policies known as gun control", the statement said. A federal law passed in 1988 - crafted with NRA support - bars the manufacture, sale or possession of an undetectable firearm.

Defense Distributed made national headlines by developing gun computer files that enable consumers to create fully operational firearms with a 3-D printer.

And Texas Sen. John Cornyn, the second-ranking Republican, said, "People shouldn't be under the impression they can download this and make an undetectable firearm".

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

Nelson's bill would make it illegal for anyone to publish a digital file online that programs a printer to manufacture a firearm.

The weapons, made of the same plastic as Legos, are unrecognizable by metal detectors and are untraceable because they don't have serial numbers.

But in the past three days, more than 2,500 people have downloaded Wilson's blueprints for 3D-printed AR-15 style assault rifles. He said the gun-printing plans are a danger to the public.

The settlement ends a multiyear legal battle that started when Defense Distributed founder Cody Wilson posted designs for a 3-D printed handgun he called "The Liberator" in 2013.

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

The federal government settled a lawsuit with Wilson's organization Defense Distributed, allowing the company to publish its first batch of blueprints last Friday.

In the meantime, the company agreed to block sales to users with IP addresses from Los Angeles, New Jersey and Pennsylvania.

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