Published: Tue, July 31, 2018
Global Media | By Derrick Guzman

Eight states suing Trump administration, company over 3D guns

Eight states suing Trump administration, company over 3D guns

Meanwhile, a State Department spokesperson said Tuesday that the department has "completed the actions that were required under the settlement agreement in the Defense Distributed litigation". And some believe that the settlement with Wilson represented an abrupt about-face orchestrated by gun industry proponents in the Trump administration.

"Untraceable and undetectable guns that bypass our bipartisan background check system put us all at risk".

Starting August 1, it will be legal to download the 3D-gun blueprints. Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson announced Monday he is leading a lawsuit in eight states and the District of Columbia to block a court action that would let people download plans for untraceable 3-D printed weapons.

'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'.


Pending the outcome of the challenge, Wilson's group has blocked IP addresses in Los Angeles, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania- where a similar case was made in a Philadelphia federal court on Sunday- from downloading DefCAD files.

In fact, the site began offering the plans late last week, and by early Monday evening, blueprints for 3D printed AR-15 semi-automatic rifles had been downloaded more than 2,500 times, according to Wilson.

Monday's eleventh-hour lawsuit is but another chapter in what has been a long legal battle for Defense Distributed.

The State Department reversed course in late June, agreeing to allow Wilson to resume posting the blueprints. "Making [Defense Distributed's files] available through unrestricted access on the Internet would provide any such organization with defense articles, including firearms, at its convenience, subject only to its access to a 3D printer, an item that is widely commercially available".


DefDist filed suit against the Obama administration in 2015 with the help of the Second Amendment Foundation, before the State Department switched gears last month and moved to grant Wilson's company a special exemption to ITAR regulations on Friday, allowing him to post a variety of non-military small arms files on DefCAD.com.

Politicians across the country argue this is a matter of public safety. "It's about access to information", he said.

Channel 3 reached out to the Connecticut Citizens Defense League. However, gun enthusiasts say that, without some metal parts, the guns will be unreliable and could even explode in a user's face. When the case was finally settled in June, the agency said the decision was made in the interests of the security and foreign policy of the United States and in consultation with the Justice Department. It is seeking to permanently remove technical data from Category I of the U.S. munitions list, transferring the oversight to the U.S. Department of Commerce, but this rule has not yet been finalized. "Allowing unfettered access to these designs will enable felons, terrorists, and domestic abusers to create guns easily and put public safety at risk".

The decision comes after a rare Sunday night emergency hearing in Federal Court.


'I have a question for the Trump Administration: Why are you allowing unsafe criminals easy access to weapons?' Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson, a Democrat, said in a statement Monday.

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