Washington leads multi-state lawsuit against Trump admin over 3D printed guns

Access Blocked to Files for 3D Printing of Guns in Pennsylvania

Shapiro, along with Gov. Tom Wolf and the Pennsylvania State Police, sued Texas-based Defense Distributed after the company resumed publishing the instructions Friday, according to the release.

In 2013, Wilson told CNN that it was an important symbolic political statement.

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

So far, at least 21 state attorneys general have sued Defense Distributed, Wilson said in a Monday tweet. "We must do whatever we can to keep criminals from acquiring and creating these guns".

Eight states are filing suit against the Trump administration over its decision to allow a Texas company to publish downloadable blueprints for a 3D-printed gun, contending the hard-to-trace plastic weapons are a boon to terrorists and criminals and threaten public safety.

In 2015, Lisa V. Aguirre, who was the director of the Office of Defense Trade Controls Management within the State Department, warned the federal court in a 70-page declaration that Defense Distributed's downloadable gun-making schematics would deny the department any opportunity to determine whether the uploaded blueprints would "cause significant harm to the national security or foreign policy interests of the United States", considerations ITAR required.

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"These downloadable guns are unregistered and very hard to detect, even with metal detectors, and will be available to anyone regardless of age, mental health or criminal history", Ferguson said in the press release. Washington, Massachusetts, Connecticut, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Oregon, Maryland, New York, and the District of Columbia are all part of the suit.

Separately, 21 state attorneys general sent a letter to Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Monday, saying that the State Department's decision was "deeply risky and could have an unprecedented impact on public safety".

Pennsylvanians will not be able to download plans to make 3-D printable guns in August. Wilson took to Twitter to celebrate the upcoming Wednesday blueprint release date.

The company's website says it will relaunch today after the settlement with the State Department. "This has nothing to do with President Trump", Gottlieb said.

Politicians across the country argue this is a matter of public safety. "If people have the ability to download these guns arbitrarily, the danger to the public is going to be vast", Best said. In an email, Wilson said he had uploaded the plans to its website on July 27 and that they were already available to download.

Gottlieb says the entire thing is political, that if some Washington leaders had their way they would prohibit all guns. His office will need to work fast if they want to stop the spread of these schematics for 3D-printed guns. The files were downloaded more than 100,000 times.

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