Judge blocks blueprints for 3D-printed guns
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The owner of a Texas company that a non-traceable 3-D printed weapons is defying a federal court to order the sale of the blueprints from his website.
Cody Wilson said at a press conference on Tuesday that he will make the plans available for anyone who wants them at any price. He said the sale started Tuesday morning and that he had received from almost 400 orders.
According to a federal judge in Seattle to block Wilson’s company, of the placing of the blueprints online.
Nineteen states and the District of Columbia had sought an injunction to stop a settlement the federal government reached with Wilson’s Austin-based Defense Distributed.
The states argued that online access to undetectable plastic guns could pose a security risk, and can be taken over by criminals or terrorists.
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U. S. District Judge Robert Lasnik agreed Monday, saying the government’s actions “will not only affect the national security, but have domestic consequences.”
The State Department reached the deal with the company after the agency removed from the 3-D gun plans to make a list of weapons or technical data that may not be exported.
Wilson said he expected the states to try to sue to stop him from the sale of the plans, but that he is raising money for his legal defense.
“Anyone who wants to these files is going to get them,” he said. “They can name their own price.”
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Speaking on Fox News in July, Wilson described the current 3-D printed weapons are “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.”
Wilson also said that he will continue to fight for the federal court.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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