Published: Thu, August 02, 2018
Worldwide | By Lisa Hogan

What Is a 3D Printed Gun and How Are Even They Legal?

What Is a 3D Printed Gun and How Are Even They Legal?

Texas-based company Defence Distributed was previously ordered by the State Department to cease the publication of the blueprints in 2013, but had reached a settlement in June allowing them to make the plans available for download as of August 1.

The new lawsuit against the State Department was filed in Seattle, Wash., federal court by Washington state Attorney General Bob Ferguson, along with New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Connecticut, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Oregon, Maryland, and the District of Columbia.

Defense Distributed, the company making the blueprints available online, filed its own suit in Texas on Sunday, asserting that it is the victim of an "ideologically fueled program of intimidation and harassment" that violates the company's First Amendment rights.

Additionally, 21 Attorneys General are asking the State Department and the Department of Justice to block the 3D weapon plans from appearing online.

US District Judge Robert Lasnik issued the order on Tuesday afternoon.

In late June, the federal government reached a settlement with the company to allow it to resume posting the designs.

"This is an imminent threat to public safety and violates the law".

The Democrats - as well as members of Everytown's Veterans Advisory Council - argued the plastic guns would be untraceable, hard to detect in metal detectors and require no background check. Sen.

"Some people might be scared of it just by the sound of it, but its not a big deal", said Mark Serbu, a Tampa-based gun manufacturer. The company said it has also blocked access to users in New Jersey and Los Angeles. "The federal government has abdicated its responsibility to keep our citizens safe, but we will not be deterred from working to ensure Pennsylvania safety laws are followed and our residents are protected from these risky weapons getting in the wrong hands".

3D guns are firearms assembled from ABS plastic parts - the same material found in Legos - that can be made with a 3D printer.

The company's website had said downloads would begin today, but blueprints for "the Liberator", a single-shot.380-caliber plastic pistol has been posted on the site since Friday.

A 3-D printed gun's quality often depends on the sophistication of the printer and the quality of the plastic used. Ferguson's lawsuit - one of several filed by attorneys general nationwide - is seeking to get a federal judge to stop Wilson.

Defense Distributed now aims to create a repository of gun designs and to relaunch Defcad.com, according to a recent profile of the company and Wilson in the magazine Wired.

OR is joining a lawsuit against the U.S. Department of State to prevent a Texas company from posting designs for guns that can be made on 3-D printers.

"The Trump Administration's sickening NRA giveaway undermines the very foundations of public safety".

DefCad's fate changed abruptly last month after the U.S. government chose to settle a court case with its owner, a parent organization called Defense Distributed.

While the Trump administration agreed to the settlement, Trump indicated Tuesday that he had spoken to the National Rifle Association (NRA) about his concerns.

They say they are "ghost guns" that would be untraceable with no serial numbers and no background checks.

A team at the University of Toronto's Critical Making Lab printed a handgun using a $50,000 3D printer at the university in 2013, but it modified the gun's blueprints so that the gun would be impossible to fire.

The activist, Cody Wilson, argued that the ban violated his rights under the US constitution.

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