Published: Tue, July 31, 2018
Global Media | By Jackie Banks

Nine states sue to prevent 3D-printed gun plans going online

Nine states sue to prevent 3D-printed gun plans going online

'I am looking into 3-D Plastic Guns being sold to the public. But the fight looks to be far from over after nine U.S. states filed a lawsuit to block the action. In either case, the wheels of justice would need to be moving far, far faster than is their normal routine if anything was to happen.

The battle dates to 2013, when the State Department ordered Wilson to remove from his website plans for making guns with a 3D printer, saying that they violated export regulations dealing with sensitive military hardware and technology.

But as explained in today's court filings, publication of those computer files would still violate New Jersey law.

Seeking damages and attorney fees, attorneys Alan Gura and Josh Blackman outline the threats of litigation from Grewal and Feuer also illegally interfere with DefDist's lawful business under the Dormant Commerce Clause, which restricts the powers of states to get involved in federally-protected interstate commerce.

Wilson complied, but said the files already had been downloaded a million times. But the Keystone State wasn't the only place this was happening.

Led by Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson, attorneys general from California, Connecticut, the District of Columbia, Maryland, New York, New Jersey, Oregon, Pennsylvania and MA joined the movement. They're asking the courts to overturn the Justice Department decision to settle with Cody Wilson, the founder of Defense Distributed, allowing him to move forward with the release.

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President Donald Trump on Tuesday raised concerns about the sale of plastic guns made with 3-D printers, a day after several US states sued the Trump administration to block the online publication of designs for such printable weapons.

The lawsuit - filed in U.S. District Court by Washington, California, Connecticut, District of Columbia, Maryland, Massachusetts, New York, New Jersey, Oregon and Pennsylvania - calls for an injunction to halt a settlement with the federal government allowing open source gun website Defense Distributed to post the files online.

Three-D printed guns will make it easier for terrorists and people who are too risky to pass criminal background checks to get their hands on guns, said Avery Gardiner, the co-president of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence.

'I have a question for the Trump Administration: Why are you allowing unsafe criminals easy access to weapons?' Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson, a Democrat, said in a statement Monday. "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 cat has long since been out of the bag, as I pointed out this weekend. Now thousands more are out there in the world, and not just on the dark web. They also say such guns are still subject to federal laws, such as a requirement that all guns contain metal parts, and state laws that require serial numbers.

My question for the states bringing this lawsuit is, what are we supposed to do now? Gun rights advocates say fears about 3-D printed guns are largely overblown, based on current technology. I know this phrase is getting beaten to death lately, but the 3-D genie is out of the bottle.

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