The NRA's Convenient Hypocrisy On 3D-Printed Plastic Guns

Thursday, 02 Aug, 2018

A federal judge temporarily blocked the release of blueprints for 3D-printed guns on Tuesday, only a day before they were supposed to be made public.

The company behind the plans, Defense Distributed, reached an agreement with the federal government in June allowing it to make the plans for the guns available for download, starting this week.

A federal judge has issued a temporary restraining order to block the online publication of 3D-printed gun blueprints.

In a tweet Tuesday morning, Trump said he is "looking into" his administration's decision to clear the way for Wilson's actions.

"The president is glad this was given more time to review", said spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders, adding that he also agreed with an existing law banning such guns.

"By prohibiting those plans from going on to the Internet, you are not stopping criminals from getting their hands on guns", said David Amad, vice president of the gun rights group Open Carry Texas.

Gun advocates say the guns are tedious and expensive to make, and don't hold up well.

He says the company said in court it actually began distributing gun files Friday and by Sunday, 1,000 people had downloaded 3D plans for AR-15 semi-automatic assault rifles.

It's illegal to download and print guns in the United Kingdom and USA, but laws are hard or even impossible to enforce.

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"I'm proud to lead the fight in New Jersey to stop Wilson and Defense Distributed from publishing printable-gun computer files, and I call on the federal government to join us in protecting the safety of our residents and our law enforcement officers".

"These unsafe files would allow anyone - including terrorists, domestic abusers, felons, fugitives, and juveniles - to print untraceable assault weapons using a 3D printer from the comfort of their own homes", said Attorney General Grewal.

Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson filed the lawsuit Tuesday jointly with the AGs of Connecticut, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, and the District of Columbia.

A U.S. federal judge in Seattle has blocked the release of software that allows consumers to 3D-print firearms. "Already spoke to NRA, doesn't seem to make much sense!" the commander-in-chief said on Twitter. The settlement allowed the company to distribute its blueprints online.

So far, at least 21 state attorneys general have sued Defense Distributed, Wilson said in a Monday tweet.

The 53-second video showed a single shot being fired from the Liberator, a plastic handgun that, with the exception of its metal firing pin, was assembled from parts made with a 3-D printer, according to Defense Distributed. Within 48 hours, the blueprint had been downloaded more than 100,000 times.

The blueprints can be used with special printers and certain plastics or metal to manufacture the instruments capable of discharging live rounds.

But Eric Soskin, a lawyer for the US Justice Department, told Tuesday's federal hearing in Seattle, the government had reached a settlement with Defense Distributed because the regulations were created to restrict weapons that could be used in war, and the online guns were no different from the weapons that could be bought in a store. The firm's designs would allow owners of 3D-printers to create their own plastic firearms.