Blueprints for 3D printed guns to be legally available at midnight

Blueprints for 3D printed guns to be legally available at midnight

A lawsuit filed Monday by Washington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson is challenging the Trump administration's decision to allow the release of blueprints for 3D-printed guns, saying the move would provide broad unregulated access to unsafe weapons.

1,000 people already downloaded 3D plans for AR-15 semi-automatic assault rifles by Sunday.

"I'm not anxious for me, I'm anxious for the people of Pennsylvania, which is creating bad laws for their citizens", Wilson said Monday.

Democratic Party attorney generals of Connecticut, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Oregon, Washington and the District of Columbia have joined the petition, to be filed in federal court. It says on its website that it plans to release the plans by August 1.

Defense Distributed touts itself as the only such gun-technology business in the United States authorized by the federal government to publish those blueprints in the form of design data for the 3-D printers.

In 2013, the designer, Cody Wilson, who is also a gun activist, posted the plans online, only to have the government tell him to take them down, arguing the plans could violate global traffic in arms regulations.

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

"If there were a terrorist and criminal rights organization, they'd be cheering today", said Jenny Durkan, mayor of Seattle.

The 3D-printed guns files are slated to be uploaded on DEFCAD.com this Wednesday.




The State Department's decision to settle the case last month came as a surprise to pretty much everyone, including Defense Distributed, according to Wired.

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.

On Sunday, the defendants claimed in court that they began distributing gun files even earlier - on Friday.

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.

The administration of US President Donald Trump failed to explain why it settled the case and allowed the publication of the blueprints, Ferguson said.

Defense Distributed did not reply to a request for comment on Monday.

Second Amendment Foundation founder Alan Gottlieb called the settlement with the federal government "a First Amendment victory for free speech" and "a devastating blow to the gun prohibition lobby" in a statement.

Its files include 3-D printable blueprints for a plastic AR-15 semi-automatic assault rifle, a version of a weapon that has been used in many US mass shootings, as well as other firearms.

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