Published: Tue, July 31, 2018
World | By Camille Rivera

No 3-D gun plans in Pennsylvania, company agrees - for now

No 3-D gun plans in Pennsylvania, company agrees - for now

"They're the worst kind of guns, guns you can't detect, guns with no serial numbers, and guns that literally are ghost guns". The technology could herald an era of DIY guns.

Twenty-one state attorneys general signed a letter to Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo urging them to withdraw from the settlement. The authorization was a reversal from the department's previous stance.

With this lawsuit, the state AG's office wants a nationwide halt to the plans going online.

Shapiro says he, his legal team, the governor and state police will continue to seek a preliminary and permanent injunction against Defense Distributed's plans to make its 3-D gun files available online. The downloadable plans range from rudimentary handguns to rifles similar to an AR-15.

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Attorney General Maura Healey is suing the Trump administration for allowing a website to post plans that let people print a gun with a 3D printer. That is, unless Washington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson has his way. "These downloadable guns are unregistered and very hard to detect, even with metal detectors, and will be available to anyone regardless of age, mental health or criminal history". And ARS Technica quoted Ferguson speaking about online gun files, saying, "After nearly 18 months I was skeptical that there was anything else that this administration would do that would truly shock me, but they have".

In Pennsylvania, state officials Sunday won a temporary agreement from Defense Distributed to bar state residents from downloading the plans.

Democratic lawmakers, including Sens.

In June, the State Department reached a settlement with Defense Distributed, a nonprofit that develops digital firearm blueprints for 3D printing. "You will not legally be able to print out and build a gun that is already banned here in CT".

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The U.S. State Department had previously banned the blueprints as a national security risk and a violation of arms trafficking regulations. Wilson said he would make the plans available August 1 - the day, his website said, when "the age of the downloadable gun formally begins".

The settlement exempts Wilson and his organization from export restrictions and pays a portion of his legal fees. Anyone with access to a 3D printer can download the files necessary to build their own firearm. Wilson, a gun rights activists, has been arguing that the First Amendment protects his constitutional right to share the 3D files as free speech. They argue that the U.S. government failed to get approval for the settlement from the Defense Department or Congress, and thus broke a federal rule.

US District Judge Robert Pitman in Austin, Texas found that the groups, including the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence, lacked legal standing.

As recently as April 2018, the Trump administration rejected that First Amendment argument, saying in a legal filing that Defense Distributed's "characterization of an export as the mere "publication" of information is wrong - these files unquestionably direct the functioning of a 3-D printer, cause it to manufacture firearms, or otherwise enable the creation of such firearms by those overseas".

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