Judge extends ban on 3D printed guns

Judge extends ban on 3D printed guns

Judge extends ban on 3D printed guns

"Once again, I'm glad we put a stop to this risky policy", said Bob Ferguson, Washington state attorney general and one of the 19 state plaintiffs.

Ferguson argued that the technical data being posted online is a threat to national security, though the files are already available online and have been for years, and claimed that the data could be turned into "undetectable" firearms, though Wilson's Liberator pistol plans require a piece of metal to be functional and undetectable firearms are already illegal via the Undetectable Firearms Act of 1988.

Lasnik issued an initial temporary restraining order last month barring Defense Distributed from uploading 3D printed gun blueprints hours before the company was slated to post them on August 1.

A USA judge on Monday extended a ban on the online distribution of 3-D printed gun blueprints, a win for a group of mainly Democratic-led states that said such a publication would violate their right to regulate firearms and endanger their citizens.

Mr. Wilson had first posted the the blueprints online several years ago but in 2013 the State Department said they could be running afoul of export control rules.

"The Court finds that the irreparable burdens on the private defendants' First Amendment rights are dwarfed by the irreparable harms the States are likely to suffer if the existing restrictions are withdrawn and that, overall, the public interest strongly supports maintaining the status quo through the pendency of this litigation", Lasnik wrote in the ruling, as reported by CNN.

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Last week, Lasnik heard oral arguments from lawyers in the case before expressing his own frustrations that neither President Donald Trump nor Congress had resolved the issue, leaving a decision up to the court.

Blueprints for 3D-printed gun parts aren't allowed to be spread online for now.

The New York attorney general tweeted that their office will "not allow the federal government to endanger New Yorkers".

He added, however, that he has "to ask a simple question: why is the Trump Administration working so hard to allow these untraceable, undectable 3D-printed guns to be available to domestic abusers, felons and terrorists?"

Although Defense Distributed originally had said it would put the files on the internet on August 1, it did so a few days before Lasnik issued the initial temporary ban. The Justice Department declined to comment.

"You know, it's a little bit frustrating to be sitting in this chair as a United States District Court judge and seeing this is an issue that should be solved by the political branches of government", Lasnik said.

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