Federal judge blocks distribution of the gun blueprints
States sue to block online blueprint for 3D-printed gun. Anita Vogel reports.
Amid the row about the release of blueprints for 3D-printed firearms, a coalition of gun rights activists have posted the plans for 3D-printed weapons online, quoting the First Amendment.
A federal judge on Tuesday stopped the release of blueprints to create untraceable and undetectable 3D-printed plastic guns. President Donald Trump also questioned whether his administration should have agreed with the plans to be posted online.
Austin, Texas-based Defense Distributed, a non-profit defense firm, was behind the plans. In June, Defense Distributed reached a settlement with the federal government, which means that the one making the plans for guns available for download on Wednesday.
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However, the limitation of the U. S. District Judge Robert Lasnik in Seattle put that plan on hold for now. “There is a possibility of irreparable harm because of the way these weapons can be made,” he said.
Nevertheless, the plans for a number of weapons have appeared on CodeIsFreeSpeech.com, which describes itself as “a public website for honest, non-deceptive, non-commercial expression and of information protected by the Constitution of the United States.”
“The goal of this project is to enable people to share knowledge and enable them to exercise their fundamental individual rights” added.
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The Firearms Policy Coalition, the Firearms Policy of the Foundation, the Calguns Foundation and California Association of Federal Firearms Licensees are involved in the project, according to the website. “A number of people that are passionate about the Constitution and the rights of the individual,” are also involved, it says.
Gun control advocates welcomed the federal court, the temporary restraining order against the Defense of the Distribution. The move “will protect lives across the world”, tweeted the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence.
In a last-minute decision that will protect lives across the world, a federal district court a temporary restraining order Cody Wilson and his company Defense Distributed, the publishing house blueprint for 3D-printed firearms. Brady’s co-chairmen answered -> https://t.co/LpquplprZd
— Brady Campaign (@Bradybuzz) July 31, 2018
The Firearms Policy of the Coalition, but declined the restraining order.
“We have . . . fully support @Radomysisky and @DefDist. Some governments and politicians would want to censor this speech, because they would prefer a police state. We don’t know. I don’t really care what they prefer.” https://t.co/qSVMKHKySC via @reason
— Firearms Policy (@gunpolicy) August 1, 2018
Advocates for gun control have argued that a 3D-printed weapons may also constitute security challenges as they pass through the airport X-ray machines.
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In a recent interview with Fox News, Defense Distributed director Cody Wilson described current 3D-printed guns as “mostly curiosities,” and said that the “large” and “thick” characteristics of the weapons would help identify them. “I doubt seriously that it is a real problem,” he added. “If it is a problem, then the [security] standards will have to change.”
People can make use of the blueprints for the manufacture of plastic guns using a 3D printer. But industry experts have expressed doubts that criminals would go to the trouble, since the printers that are required for the guns can cost thousands of dollars, the guns themselves tend to fall apart quickly and traditional firearms are easy to come by.
The Associated Press contributed to this article.
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