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Gun rights advocate vows to fight court ban

Gun rights advocate vows to fight court ban

President Donald Trump on Tuesday raised concerns about the sale of plastic guns made with 3-D printers, a day after several USA states sued his administration to block online publication of designs to make weapons that security screening may not detect.

The ruling blocked a settlement that Defense Distributed, a Texas-based gun rights organization, and the federal government reached in June that made it legal to post 3D printable gun plans online.

Washington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson, who is leading the lawsuit, said, "The Trump administration recently chose to give access to potentially untraceable and undetectable firearms to any felon, domestic abuser or terrorist with a laptop and access to a 3D printer".

Another gun made by a 3D printer.

President Donald Trump says he is consulting with the National Rifle Association over whether it makes sense for a Texas company to publish downloadable blueprints for a 3D-printed gun. The plans have been shelved for six years and maintaining the status quo of not allowing the publication will not hurt the federal government but allowing the publication could be extremely detrimental to all.

Lasnik said First Amendment issues had to be looked at closely and set another hearing in the case for August 10.

"I suppose the closest analogy would be restrictions on zoning, places where firearms are sold and restrictions on them through zoning ordinances", he said.

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Scott continued, comparing Trump's efforts with former President Barack Obama, the first African-American president elected to the White House.

"We're disappointed", Wilson told The New York Times.

The judge in Seattle issued the order after eight Democratic state attorneys general, along with the District of Columbia, filed a lawsuit seeking to block the blueprints' release, calling them a safety risk. On Tuesday night - hours before the plans would have been permitted to go live again - a judge ruled that the posts could help criminals and terrorists get risky weapons, thereby temporarily blocking the settlement. They said the Trump administration had failed to explain why it settled the case and that its decision violated their ability to regulate firearms and keep citizens safe.

During the hearing in Seattle, Eric Soskin, a lawyer for the U.S. Justice Department, said they reached the settlement to allow the company to post the material online because the regulations were created to restrict weapons that could be used in war, and the online guns were no different from the weapons that could be bought in a store.

Connecticut Sen. Richard Blumenthal said if Trump fails to act, "blood is going to be on his hands". In 2013, Wilson published designs for a single-shot pistol that could be 3D printed out of plastic and fabricated with easily accessible metal parts.

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

The president responded through Deputy Press Secretary Hogan Gidley, who told reporters: "In the United States, it's now illegal to own or make a wholly plastic gun of any kind, including those made on a 3D printer". The petition for the temporary restraining order was filed in federal court in Seattle. Wilson sued in 2015, claiming the order infringed his constitutional rights.

It has been reported that, although the blueprints were supposed to be made available from Wednesday, they were released early and have already been downloaded thousands of times.


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