States Are Suing the Trump Administration to Block 3D-Printed Guns

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Attorney General Shapiro chose to sue on Monday - along with Gov. Tom Wolf and the Pennsylvania State Police - to block Defense Distributed from legally posting the plans.

U.S. Judge Robert Pitman, a sixth-generation Texan and 2014 appointment by President Obama, on Friday, denied a motion by the Brady Campaign, Everytown, and Giffords to intervene in the lawsuit between Austin-based Defense Distributed and the U.S. State Department.

In its statement, Shapiro's office said it would continue to pursue a more lasting solution in the form of an injunction. David Cicilline of Rhode Island and Seth Moulton of MA, said they planned to introduce a bill Tuesday that would prohibit 3D printed plastic guns that can not be detected in standard security screens. "This long-settled statute requires protections in order to possess potentially-deadly weapons such a minimum age for purchase, background checks, and valid firearms licenses and permits". Washington, Massachusetts, Connecticut, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Oregon, Maryland, New York, and the District of Columbia are all part of the suit. The settlement would allow Defense Distributed to legally release downloadable gun blueprints as of Wednesday.

Back in 2013, a man named Cody Wilson posted plans for a 3D printable gun.

The government has reached an agreement with a gun-rights activist that will allow the plans to be posted as of August 1st. Separately, attorneys general in 21 states urged Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Monday to withdraw from the settlement with Defense Distributed, saying it "creates an imminent risk to public safety".

Some states said they're taking action.

Files showing how to replicate the process were immediately made available on the Defense Distributed website and downloaded hundreds of thousands of times. 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".

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.

Defense Distributed did not reply to a request for comment on Monday. 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. If you want your Second Amendment online. But due to the pending legal battle, Wilson has chose to abide by the cease-and-desist orders, and will not make DEFCAD available in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Los Angeles.

Wilson responded to the latest legal battle on Twitter calling on Second Amendment advocates to fight for their online rights.

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