Legally Speaking: What is the situation regarding 3D-printed guns?
10:50, Aug 3, 2018
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Yesterday, Donald Trump raised concerns about the sale of plastic guns made with 3-D printers and said on Twitter he had talked with the powerful National Rifle Association lobbying group about the weapons.
In June, the company had reached a settlement with the us government that allowed it to resume posting downloadable blueprints for 3D-printed guns.
"These downloadable guns are unregistered and very hard to detect, even with metal detectors, and will be available to anyone regardless of age, mental health or criminal history".
The lawsuit against the Trump administration was filed in Seattle, Washington, by the state's Attorney General Bob Ferguson.
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. Within 48 hours, the blueprint had been downloaded more than 100,000 times.
There followed a four-year legal battle, with Defense Distributed joining forces with the Second Amendment Foundation - which defends the right to own guns - to sue the State Department.
President Trump also questioned his administration's decision on the settlement.
Gun safety advocates hailed Tuesday's decision as a victory, saying it will protect innocent lives.
Austin-based firm Defense Distributed published designs over the weekend for 3D-printable guns that can be fabricated at home and would be virtually untraceable.
That's right, Americans could legally manufacture a weapon for personal use, without a serial number, making it untraceable and in some cases undetectable by metal detectors.
The managers at Northwest Arsenal said they haven't had any 3D-printed guns come through their doors before. He's already pre-ordered suppressors that will be made with a 3D printer.
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"If an injunction is not issued and the status quo alters at midnight tonight, the proliferation of these firearms will have numerous negative impacts on a state level that the federal government once feared on the global stage", US District Judge Robert Lasnikwrote in his order.
Trump had tweeted earlier that he was looking into the issue, adding, "Already spoke to NRA, doesn't seem to make much sense!". The multistate lawsuit was supported by eight Democratic attorneys general.
In an MSNBC segment on Wednesday, retired astronaut Mark Kelly called for criminalizing 3-D printed gun designs to discourage people from disseminating the computerized code.
CNN reported Wilson said he had suspended downloads of the 3D-printer gun "until he reviews the order".
"I have a question for the Trump Administration: Why are you allowing unsafe criminals easy access to weapons?"
Ferguson released a statement praising Seattle US District Judge Robert Lasnik for his ruling.
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