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U.S. states make last-minute legal bid to halt 3-D online guns

02 August 2018

On Tuesday evening, a federal judge issued a temporary restraining order against Defense Distributed, forcing it to halt downloads of the files. They also sought the restraining order, arguing the 3D guns would be a safety risk.

Although the Austin-based company said it would start allowing downloads on Wednesday, the blueprints for at least one gun have been posted on its website since Friday.

A weekly recap of the top political stories from The Globe, sent right to your email. Those plans were put on hold by the Seattle judge's decision.

The deadline was from the 1st of August but he published the plans early last week.

People can use the blueprints to manufacture a plastic gun using a 3D printer.

Blueprints for the weapons will appear online a month after gun-rights group Defense Distributed settled with the government to permit them to share them on the internet. The move "will protect lives across the world", tweeted the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. "No background check. No criminal history check".

But in the past three days, more than 2,500 people have downloaded Wilson's blueprints for 3D-printed AR-15 style assault rifles.

Outrage over the administration's decision is putting gun control back into the election-year political debate, but with a high-tech twist. But President Donald Trump didn't seem too concerned.

In a statement to, Public Safety Canada said government officials are "closely monitoring developments related to 3D printed firearms, which do not change the law".

In New York City, where gun registration regulations differ from upstate communities and are handled by the NYPD, licenses for 3-D guns have not and will not be issued, said a department spokesman. 'Already spoke to NRA, doesn't seem to make much sense'. Trump said, without specifying which part of the argument he was referring to.

"There are 3-D printers in public colleges and public spaces and there is the likelihood of potential irreparable harm", Lasnik said at the end of a one-hour hearing on the lawsuit.

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".

"It's not just 'get a printer and you're good to go, '" Simpson said, adding that there is a high level of technical knowledge and cost involved with manufacturing a usable 3D-printed gun.

The National Rifle Association, beholden to gun manufacturers, has been relatively silent on the issue, although spokesperson Dana Loesch has hailed the development as an example of American "freedom and innovation". A federal law passed in 1988 - crafted with NRA support - bars the manufacture, sale, or possession of an undetectable firearm. He said that the mass production of these easily-concealed and untraceable guns would create concerns along the border between Canada and the U.S. Among them were schematics for the Liberator, a single-shot.380-caliber handgun made nearly entirely of 3D-printed plastic.

Assembling your own gun is legal, according to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, provided you don't sell it. Mike Lee, R-Utah, which stopped the bill from reaching the floor for now.

U.S. states make last-minute legal bid to halt 3-D online guns