3D-printed guns: activists urge government to block blueprints

3D-printed guns: activists urge government to block blueprints

Gun Rights

The nation’s three largest gun control advocacy groups are asking a Texas judge to prevent the impending release of a “trove” of digital blueprints for 3D-printed firearms. DIY 3D-printed guns get go-ahead after Trump administration strikes court deal Read more “It is dangerous, irreparable and … raises issues of national defense and national security of the highest order,” the groups said of a June settlement by the Trump administration that would allow for the data files to be freely downloaded as of 1 August. The Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence, Everytown for Gun Safety and the Giffords Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence are the three organizations seeking an immediate injunction. The request pertains to digital blueprints first released in 2013 by the then University of Texas law student Cody Wilson for a single-shot 3D-printed handgun named “the Liberator”. Within a matter of days, the state department ordered Wilson to take down the files, arguing that making the blueprint available would be akin to a violation of arms export statutes. A legal battle between Wilson and the government ensued until June this year, when the Trump administration unexpectedly settled Wilson’s lawsuit , permitting the publication of the files as of 1 August. Over the five-year course of Wilson’s lawsuit, a non-profit he founded called Defense Distributed has collected what the gun control groups call a “trove” of data files which would allow for the 3D printing of parts that could be used to produce a number of untraceable […]

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