Judge Grants Temporary Restraining Order Against Making 3-D Guns

Judge Grants Temporary Restraining Order Against Making 3-D Guns

Judge Grants Temporary Restraining Order Against Making 3-D Guns

U.S. President Donald Trump on Tuesday raised questions about his own administration's decision to allow designs for 3-D printed guns to be posted online, while several U.S. states are suing to stop the release of the blueprints, due on Wednesday. A federal judge has blocked the release of designs meant to allow people to make their own firearms using a 3-D printer.

A judge issued a temporary restraining order against the distribution of materials to make guns using 3-D printers.

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".

In June, the company had reached a settlement with the USA government that allowed it to resume posting downloadable blueprints for 3D-printed guns.

The gun's components can be made with a printer that uses plastic instead of ink.

Eight Democratic attorneys general filed a lawsuit to block the public from getting their hands on the blueprints, arguing unregistered weapons produced by high-tech printers pose a serious safety risk.

Avery Gardiner, co-president of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence called the restraining order "a strong step and a clear victory for the entire gun safety movement" in a statement.

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One website, CodeIsFreeSpeech.com, posted eight sets of files and reported more than 100,000 hits and almost 1.5 terabytes of data downloaded by 6 a.m. Wednesday. On the company's website, people can download plans to make more advanced guns with metal parts from the comfort of their own home. A couple of years ago, Wired did a very good look at making a Ghost Gun to show how even someone with limited skills could manufacture a weapon.

Plastic guns, or "ghost guns", can also go unseen by a metal detector and they are easily disposed of.

A 1988 federal law - drafted with NRA support - barred the manufacture, sale or possession of an undetectable firearm.

"What the blue states got here is a court order that will force us to take down files off the internet, says Blackman".

The firearms, including AR-15-style semiautomatic rifles, were fashioned from kits purchased online, according to police. Last month, the State Department reversed itself, and said Defense Distributed could post the designs, starting tomorrow.

The first working 3-D printed gun, a single-round pistol called the "Liberator", was designed in 2013 and made nearly entirely of 3-D printed thermoplastic components, with the exception of a metal firing pin. A zip gun is a complete, smooth-bore weapon without rifling to make the bullet spin for increased accuracy.

The settlement, which came without notice on June 29, included paying some court costs to Defense Distributed's founder, Cody Wilson, and dismissing the suit that alleged the downloads violated the Arms Export Control Act. I think a lot of people like to do things themselves.

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