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Pennsylvania, others suing Trump administration, company over 3D guns

31 Julio, 2018, 10:57 | Autor: Salvatore Moron
  • Access Blocked to Files for 3D Printing of Guns in Pennsylvania

The lawsuit, announced Monday by Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson (D), asks a federal judge to halt a June settlement between the Trump administration and digital firearms nonprofit Defense Distributed.

As a result of the settlement, Defense Distributed said in a statement on its website that it plans to relaunch its online library of files starting August 1.

He says the company said in court it actually began distributing gun files Friday and by Sunday, 1,000 people had downloaded 3D plans for AR-15 semi-automatic assault rifles.

A retired Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco Firearms and Explosives agent told CBS News that the guns are unregulated and untraceable and a threat to public safety.

Joining the suit were Democratic attorneys general in Massachusetts, Connecticut, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Oregon, Maryland, New York and the District of Columbia.

In 2013, the designer, Cody Wilson, who is also a gun activist, posted the plans online, only to have the government tell him to take them down, arguing the plans could violate worldwide traffic in arms regulations.

Its files include 3-D printable blueprints for a plastic AR-15 semi-automatic assault rifle, a version of a weapon that has been used in many US mass shootings, as well as other firearms.

At issue is a June settlement between the U.S. government and Texas-based Defense Distributed company that will allow it to legally publish gun blueprints online.

In 2013, Cody Wilson, owner of Defense Distributed, debuted the world's first 3D-printed gun.

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The groups had attempted to intervene after the Trump administration came to a settlement with the company to legally publish gun blueprints online. "The internet will serve guns, the gun is downloadable", Wilson said.

"That act requires rational process from our government".

The government failed to study the impact of its decision and did not consult with other agencies before settling, making its actions "arbitrary and capricious", in violation of federal law, Ferguson said.

Ferguson was joined at his Monday morning press conference with a range of Seattle officials, including Mayor Jenny Durkan, City Attorney Pete Holmes, and Interim Police Chief Carmen Best. "Instead, the Trump administration's decision will open the floodgates and allow anyone with access to the internet and a 3D printer to possess a firearm", he said in a statement.

Durkan said expanding access to 3D guns would only benefit criminals and people who shouldn't have access to firearms.

A gun made nearly entirely out of ABS plastic, the same material used to make Lego bricks.

Ferguson said he hopes to file the lawsuit before the end of the day Monday.

The 3D-printed guns files are slated to be uploaded on this Wednesday. Some reports show Wilson's website has already started to illegally allow new downloads from his website. We'll see if Ferguson is able to stop those downloads from happening.


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