Judge blocks release of blueprints for guns

Judge blocks release of blueprints for guns

Gun Rights

Federal Judge Robert Lasnik issued a temporary restraining order on Tuesday "blocking (the) federal government from allowing distribution of downloadable 3D printed" guns, according to a tweet from the Washington State Office of the Attorney General. "The judge’s rule is clear," Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson said at a news conference. "We go back to the status quo, before the federal government made the disastrous decision to undo these protections for public safety." The ruling blocked a settlement that Defense Distributed, a Texas-based gun rights organization, and the federal government reached in June that made it legal to post 3D printable gun plans online. Defense Distributed founder Cody Wilson said the site has disabled downloads until he reviews the order. The settlement ended a multiyear legal battle that started when Wilson posted designs for a 3D printed handgun he called "The Liberator" in 2013. The single-shot pistol was made almost entirely out of ABS plastic — the same material Lego bricks are made from — and could be made on a 3D printer. Wilson sued the federal government in 2015. According to spokeswoman Brionna Aho, the judge’s ruling does not order Defense Distribution to take the plans for the guns off their website, but keeping them up is again illegal. "The effect is restoring the status quo before the government took action but (the judge) hasn’t technically ruled on the lawfulness of the government action yet." Ferguson announced Monday he was leading the lawsuit , which originally involved eight […]

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