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Gun-rights activists offer blueprints as 3D-printed weapons fight escalates

Gun-rights activists offer blueprints as 3D-printed weapons fight escalates

They also sought the restraining order, arguing the 3D guns would be a safety risk.

U.S. District Court Judge Robert Lasnik's ruling Tuesday comes a day after Washington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson filed a suit challenging the Trump administration's decision last month to allow Texas gun-rights advocate Cody Wilson to post the blueprints, saying the move would provide broad unregulated access to risky weapons.

The 3D-blueprints were removed from the site in 2013 because the government said it violated global regulation laws, but eventually surrendered, concluding 3D-gun blueprints count as constitutionally protected speech.

Eight Democratic attorneys general, including Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey, filed a lawsuit Monday seeking to block the federal government's settlement with the company that makes the plans available online.

The restraining order from US District Judge Robert Lasnik in Seattle puts that plan on hold for now.

In June, the State Department, now led by Trump Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, settled the case with Wilson.

President Donald Trump says he is studying whether guns made by a three-dimensional (3-D) printer should be sold in the United States.

The US president appeared to agree with the concerns when he tweeted he was "looking into" the issue of the guns and had spoken to the National Rifle Association about it.

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"Giving you the ability to make something to military specification but affordably", said Wilson.

Should the blueprints for 3D printed guns be legally available?

Wolf says untraceable guns in the hands of unknown users "is too daunting to stand by and not take action".

Trump's tweet follows the filing of a joint lawsuit by nine states and the District of Columbia to block the release of 3D blueprints from Cody Wilson, a well-known creator of 3D gun designs, who won permission from the State Department to post schematics for homemade firearms, the New York Times reports.

Gun control proponents are concerned the weapons made from 3-D printers as untraceable, undetectable "ghost" firearms that pose a threat to global security. "Already spoke to NRA, doesn't seem to make much sense!" the commander-in-chief said on Twitter.

The Trump administration previously ruled to allow Wilson and Defense Distributed to publish the blueprints. "The administration supports this almost two-decade old law". The settlement allows Defense Distributed to start posting the blueprints online Wednesday, but as of Sunday, 1,000 people had already downloaded the plans for AR-15-style, semi-automatic assault rifles, according to Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro.

"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.

Criminals in the comfort of their own homes could fire up their computer, download a file and use a printer to make a gun.

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