Judge temporarily blocks download of 3D-printed plastic gun plans

Judge temporarily blocks download of 3D-printed plastic gun plans

Judge temporarily blocks download of 3D-printed plastic gun plans

A federal judge has blocked the release of designs meant to allow people to make their own firearms using a 3-D printer.

A federal judge in Seattle issued a restraining order, which temporarily stopped the release of blueprints to make 3D-printed plastic guns.

These basic guns can be made by anyone who owns a 3D printer, which uses plastic or other materials to build up an object layer by layer.

The company behind the plans, Texas-based Defense Distributed, had reached a settlement with the federal government in June allowing it to make the plans for the guns available for download.

With more than 4,500 downloads as of Tuesday afternoon, the most popular blueprint on the site appeared to be for "the Liberator", a single-shot.380-caliber handgun made nearly entirely of 3D-printed plastic.

"Many antigun politicians and members of the media have wrongly claimed that 3D-printing technology will allow for the production and widespread proliferation of undetectable plastic firearms", said Chris Cox, the NRA's executive director for legislative action.

Thankfully, several Attorneys General from across the United States banded together to bring a lawsuit against the Justice Department compelling it to reverse position and make the distribution of the plans illegal.

Toronto Police Chief Mark Saunders said that allowing the blueprints for 3D-printed guns to be posted online would be "catastrophic". "It's illegal to own an untraceable and undetectable firearm at this point", he said, citing the Undetectable Firearms Act of 1988. 'Already spoke to NRA, doesn't seem to make much sense'. As of this morning, Wilson's website Defcad.com dramatically declared: "This site, after legally committing its files to the public domain through a license from the U.S. Department of State, has been ordered shut down by a federal judge in the Western District of Washington".

Spokeswoman Heather Nauert said the State Department got involved in the issue because the online plans can be accessed worldwide.

Ferguson's concerns were shared by many political figures and even president Donald Trump had expressed reservations about the logic in making such weapons available to the public. "Making a gun with a 3D printer is kind of like using a screw driver to hammer a nail in- like you can probably get the job done but it's not going to work very well and you might injure yourself", Dukes added.

What do defenders of these guns say?

A U.S. federal judge in Seattle has blocked the release of software that allows consumers to 3D-print firearms.

Cody Wilson, the founder of Defense Distributed, first published downloadable designs for a 3D-printed firearm in 2013. I think a lot of people like to do things themselves.

Accuracy of any firearm mostly depends on the shooter, but like ordinary guns, some 3D-printed guns are higher-quality than others and provide for more efficient aiming than others.

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