Controversial release of 3D-printable gun designs halted by judges

Controversial release of 3D-printable gun designs halted by judges

Gun Rights

Emergency rulings from state and federal judges have delayed the widespread release of digital design files that would allow anyone with a 3D printer to manufacture guns at home. The temporary orders from judges in Newark and Seattle prevent Defense Distributed — a Texas gun rights group that was poised to publish the files after a settlement with President Donald Trump’s administration — from releasing the designs on Wednesday, as it had planned. The dual orders capped a contentious week of legal crossfire over the limits of the First and Second amendments in the digital age and set the stage for debates in Trenton and on Capitol Hill over how to deal with the technology. Authorities have long known that anyone with some digital know-how could produce the component parts of a firearm with a three-dimensional printer and basic tools. Such weapons, which are partially made of plastic, are not particularly durable or reliable but can be virtually untraceable. N.J. tries to block release of plans allowing anyone to print a gun Defense Distributed first released early designs in 2013, and its files remain available today if one searches hard enough. Some media reports indicated that some of Defense Distributed’s files had already been distributed online ahead of their scheduled release. But the federal government’s decision to back down from legal action brought by President Barack Obama’s administration that had prevented the Texas nonprofit from making the files readily available provoked an uproar from officials in states with restrictive […]

Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.