The White House said Wednesday that the Justice Department did not consult President Donald Trump when officials dropped litigation that would have prevented the posting of instructions on how to make 3D-printed plastic guns, which are illegal to own or assemble.
US District Judge Robert Lasnik granted plaintiffs' motion for a temporary restraining order blocking release of digital plans, and scheduled hearing for August 10.
3-D printed guns are functional weapons that are often unrecognizable by standard metal detectors because they are made out of materials other than metal (e.g., plastic) and untraceable because they contain no serial numbers.
Although DIY gunsmithing is legal in many forms under USA law, including when it's done with a 3D printer, critics have pushed back against the government's settlement, saying it would undermine domestic and global gun control efforts by greatly expanding access to untraceable homemade guns. They also sought a restraining order, arguing the 3D-printed guns would be a safety risk.
A Texas company's plans to post blueprints for 3D printable guns online for the public has been stopped - at least for now, according to the New Jersey attorney general.
It has been reported that, although the blueprints were supposed to be made available from Wednesday, they were released early and have already been downloaded thousands of times.
Josh Blackman, a lawyer for Defense Distributed, said the case was not about guns but about protecting the constitutional free speech rights of his client.More news: Valtteri Bottas and Toto Wolff reconcile 'wingman' spat after Hungarian Grand Prix
The US Supreme Court declined to take up his case.
There followed a four-year legal battle, with Defense Distributed joining forces with the Second Amendment Foundation - which defends the right to own guns - to sue the State Department. State Department officials said the plans violated USA export laws. "Instead, the Trump administration's decision will open the floodgates and allow anyone with access to the internet and a 3-D printer to possess a firearm", Cicilline said in a statement.
"I can control the distribution of firearms but I can't control the distribution of printers". "Already spoke to NRA, doesn't seem to make much sense!".
Cody Wilson said he has now shut down his site as a result of the Judge's ruling.
A four-year legal battle followed between digital weapons publisher Defense Distributed, pro-gun activists the Second Amendment Foundation and the federal government, which concluded with a surprise decision that U.S. citizens can "access. use and reproduce" the plans.
When the settlement was discovered, several state attorneys general filed a lawsuit against the State Department for failing to adhere to the Administrative Procedure Act.
However, he says printing guns is not allowed. Those plans were put on hold by the Seattle judge's decision.