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How some states are fighting to stop 'undetectable' 3D-printed guns

How some states are fighting to stop 'undetectable' 3D-printed guns

On Tuesday evening, a federal judge issued a temporary restraining order against Defense Distributed, forcing it to halt downloads of the files.

Also today, Attorney General Grewal joined 20 other state attorneys general in a letter criticizing Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Attorney General Jeff Sessions for settling the federal lawsuit against Defense Distributed and urging them to withdraw from the settlement before the company publishes the computer files later this week.

As uproar was building Tuesday over Wilson's efforts, the president tweeted that making plastic 3D-printed guns publicly available "doesn't seem to make much sense".

Amid the row over the release of blueprints for 3D-printed guns, a coalition of gun rights activists has posted plans for 3D-printed weapons online, citing the First Amendment.

Connecticut Sen. Richard Blumenthal, a Democrat, stated of Trump and the settlement, "It's his doing, it's his responsibility and the blood is going to be on his hands". But President Donald Trump didn't seem too concerned.

A federal judge on Tuesday stopped the release of blueprints to make untraceable and undetectable 3D-printed plastic guns.

Gun access advocacy group Defense Distributed was due to put downloadable gun blueprints online on Wednesday.

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They also agreed to increase trade in services and agriculture, including greater U.S. soy bean exports to the EU. He said the administration is now focused on resolving the steel and aluminum tariffs.

Meanwhile, some blueprints are already available online, and it's estimated that the blueprints have been downloaded hundreds of thousands of times.

"Any firearm built using 3D printed parts must still comply with all local, state and federal laws", the CCDL said. The move "will protect lives across the world", tweeted the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. Gun control advocates, including many Democratic lawmakers, have argued that the documents could be used by bad actors, including terrorists, to print plastic firearms that could evade detection by traditional security measures. The State Department moved to stop Wilson, saying he was violating global agreements on arms trafficking. "As we argued in our suit, it is insane to give criminals the tools to build untraceable, undetectable 3D-printed guns at the touch of a button", Underwood wrote.

The U.S. district judge who made the decision said there's a possibility these guns could cause "irreparable harm".

What just happened? Following a lengthy legal battle, the State Department last month settled a case over computer files that enabled the 3D-printing of firearms, paving the way for people to own and distribute the model blueprints legally.

"Regardless of what a person may be able to publish on the Internet, undetectable plastic guns have been illegal for 30 years", Chris Cox, executive director of the NRA's Institute for Legislative Action, said in a statement.

People can use the blueprints to manufacture a plastic gun using a 3D printer. Democrats also filed a separate bill to require that all guns have at least one nonremovable component made of metal.

Defense Distributed founder Cody Wilson said the site has disabled downloads until he reviews the order.


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