Judge blocks plans to post 3D-printed gun blueprints online

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A United States gun rights advocate began gearing up for a legal fight Wednesday to be able to publish online blueprints for 3D-printed firearms, as the White House signaled support for a federal judge's decision to block the venture.

"I am thankful and relieved Judge Lasnik put a nationwide stop to the Trump Administration's risky decision to allow downloadable, 3D-printed ghost guns to be distributed online", said Ferguson following yesterday's court order.

Earlier on Tuesday, Trump raised concerns about the sale of plastic guns made with 3-D printers and said on Twitter he had talked with the powerful National Rifle Association lobbying group about the weapons.

The president responded through Deputy Press Secretary Hogan Gidley, who told reporters: "In the United States, it's now illegal to own or make a wholly plastic gun of any kind, including those made on a 3D printer".

Cuomo said he will pursue legislation to bolster the state's gun safety laws and outlaw private production of all 3D and so-called "ghost guns" that are untraceable and invisible to metal detectors.

Defense Distributed's website said it would publish the files on Wednesday but blueprints for seven guns already were available for download.

A Texas company has the blueprints and was ready to download them free of charge.

In 2015, Wilson sued, saying his First Amendment rights were violated.

Defense Distributed was allowed only to post the plans after reaching a settlement with the Trump administration.

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According to its website, "Defense Distributed is a non-profit, private defense firm". Shapiro has been fighting to keep 3-D printed guns out of Pennsylvania.

3D printing is expensive and time-consuming, said Dukes and it costs more than buying a legal gun. "Federal law passed in 1988, crafted with the NRA's support, makes it unlawful to manufacture, import, sell, ship, deliver, possess, transfer or receive an undetectable firearm".

Gun experts say plastic guns may not work without some metal parts and that they could blow up in the hands of users. The judge sided with Washington and other states, which sought the restraining order.

"The judge's rule is clear", Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson said at a news conference.

A gun called "The Liberator" is made nearly entirely out of ABS plastic the same material used to make lego bricks and it will change policing.

CNN reported Wilson said he had suspended downloads of the 3D-printer gun "until he reviews the order".

The Trump administration had settled a five-year legal fight by permitting the company to publish its website Defcad - which founder Cody Wilson envisioned as a WikiLeaks for home-made firearms called "ghost guns".

In questioning last week at a Senate committee hearing from Markey, who brought up the prospect of terrorist groups making their own weapons based on downloadable instructions, Pompeo said he would commit to investigating the issue. "Right now, we need an injunction, and we need it today".

The states, in their filing on Monday, argued the online plans will give criminals easy access to weapons by circumventing traditional sales and regulations.

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