States Sue to Block Downloads of 3D-Printed Gun Instructions

31 July, 2018, 16:26 | Author: Diane Mills
  • Access Blocked to Files for 3D Printing of Guns in Pennsylvania

At least eight states are rushing to sue the Trump administration over its decision to allow a Texas company to publish blueprints for untraceable 3D-printed homemade guns.

The multistate lawsuit alleges that the settlement between Wilson, his company and the Trump administration did not get the approval of the Department of Defense, and didn't give Congress 30 days notice before agreeing to allow Defense Distributed to begin publishing 3D-gun files, by creating a special exemption for Wilson's company in the ITAR. Ferguson asked in a statement Monday. The available guns - plastic and without serial numbers and therefore untraceable - include AR-15s, AR-10s, a pistol called the "Liberator" and a Ruger 10/22.

Defense Distributed and The Second Amendment Foundation is taking the fight right back to them by launching a lawsuit of their own against New Jersey District Attorney General Gurbir S. Grewal and Los Angeles City Attorney Michael Feuer.

Defense Distributed touts itself as the only such gun-technology business in the United States authorized by the federal government to publish those blueprints in the form of design data for the 3-D printers. Until June 29, the federal government had maintained that the printer files and tutorials violated firearms export laws. But Defense Distributed challenged that effort on Sunday by filing a federal lawsuit in Texas.

States have a little more than 24 hours to file their lawsuits and win a temporary judgment before the blueprints go online.

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The Commonwealth's lawsuit alleges violations of the Pennsylvania Uniform Firearms Act of 1995 and the Federal Gun Control Act of 1968, as well as Pennsylvania's Unfair Trade Practices and Consumer Protection Law.

DefDist filed suit against the Obama administration in 2015 with the help of the Second Amendment Foundation, before the State Department switched gears last month and moved to grant Wilson's company a special exemption to ITAR regulations on Friday, allowing him to post a variety of non-military small arms files on DefCAD.com. And ARS Technica quoted Ferguson speaking about online gun files, saying, "After nearly 18 months I was skeptical that there was anything else that this administration would do that would truly shock me, but they have".

Shapiro says he, his legal team, the governor and state police will continue to seek a preliminary and permanent injunction against Defense Distributed's plans to make its 3-D gun files available online. Pennsylvania had also sued Defense Distributed Sunday, resulting in an emergency hearing in which the company agreed to temporarily block Pennsylvania Internet users from its website. "It's a far reach for these state officers to say they have a power that trumps the First Amendment".

The LA's Attorney's Office and the New Jersey District Attorney's Office did not return AmmoLand's request for comments at the time of publication.

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