Newly-legal 3D printed gun blueprints are a looming catastrophe

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Several US states on Monday (July 30) said they would jointly sue the Trump administration for allowing the public to download blueprints for 3-D printable guns in a last-ditch effort to block the designs from becoming available on Wednesday (Aug 1).

U.S. Judge Robert Pitman, a sixth-generation Texan and 2014 appointment by President Obama, on Friday, denied a motion by the Brady Campaign, Everytown, and Giffords to intervene in the lawsuit between Austin-based Defense Distributed and the U.S. State Department.

"I'm not anxious for me, I'm anxious for the people of Pennsylvania, which is creating bad laws for their citizens", Wilson said Monday.

A federal court ruled on Sunday that Pennsylvanians will not be legally permitted to download plans to print guns on 3D printers. The company resumed publishing the instructions after the U.S. State Department settled a five-year-old case that had prevented it.

"This is where we are taking gun rights in the future, in the future all guns will be made by 3D printers, all cars will be made by 3D printers", said Alan Gottlieb with the Second Amendment Foundation.

Wilson took the plans down but then sued the federal government in 2015, arguing that the policy was infringing on his right to free speech and bear arms.

In the lawsuit filed Monday, the attorneys general claimed that this "temporary modification" violates the Administrative Procedure Act because, the states claim, "there is no indication in the Settlement Agreement (or elsewhere) that any analysis, study or determination was made by the Government Defendants, in consultation with other agencies, before the Government agreed to remove" the files from Category I of the US munitions list.

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The SAF had filed the lawsuit on behalf of Cody Wilson, who had designed a 3D printed gun and published the plans for the gun online.

But last month, the State Department agreed to waive its prior restraint order against Wilson and Defense Distributed, allowing them to freely publish designs and other technical files, according to a press release from the Second Amendment Foundation.

The Administrative Procedure Act requires that to waive export restrictions on the gun files, the government must seek concurrence from the Department of Defense and provide 30 days' notice to Congress.

The lawsuit was filed in federal court in Seattle. He also expressed a belief the Defense Distributed should not share the files under any circumstances.

The LA's Attorney's Office and the New Jersey District Attorney's Office did not return AmmoLand's request for comments at the time of publication.
But due to the pending legal battle, Wilson has chose to abide by the cease-and-desist orders, and will not make DEFCAD available in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Los Angeles.

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