USA states make last-minute legal bid to halt 3-D online guns

Access To 3-D Printable Guns Blocked In Pennsylvania

At least eight states are rushing to sue the Trump administration over its decision to allow a Texas company to publish blueprints for untraceable 3D-printed homemade guns.

Tom Wolf and Pennsylvania State Police have successfully blocked access to downloadable, 3D guns in the state, they announced Sunday evening. He said the settlement also violated states' rights to regulate firearms.

Washington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson said at a news conference in Seattle that the states will ask a federal judge to issue a restraining order and an injunction to block the publication of the designs, which they say would allow criminals easy access to weapons.

"The harm to Pennsylvanians would have been immediate and irreversible", Shapiro said in a statement. Ferguson asked. "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".

The Trump administration is being sued for allowing plans for 3D-printed guns to be published online. Defense Distributed is claiming that threatening a lawsuit to try to prevent the releasing of the files violates their Constitutionally protected speech, the Dormant Commerce Clause, the Right to Bear Arms, and the Supremacy Clause.

The State Department reversed course in late June, agreeing to allow Wilson to resume posting the blueprints.

But it turns out that Defense Distributed actually rang that bell before the lawsuit was filed.

Wilson told Wired this month that the settlement put him on the verge of unleashing a "Cambrian explosion" of digital content related to firearms.

In the 16-page filing, attorneys for DefDist hold that Grewal and Feuer "have waged an ideologically-fueled program of intimidation and harassment against" the company, intending to drag Wilson "before all manner of far-flung criminal and civil tribunals in an effort to silence the organization". "No amount of petitions or die-ins or anything else can change that". The company, Defense Distributed, settled with the federal government after fighting the Obama administration in court for five years. That same day Wilson and the Second Amendment Foundation filed a preemptive suit against New Jersey Attorney General Gurbir S. Grewal and L.A. City Attorney Michael Feuer, claiming the alleged intents of both men portend a violation of Wilson's First Amendment rights via "unconstitutional prior restraint".

"Washington has a robust regulatory system meant to keep firearms out of the hands of unsafe individuals", says the announcement from Ferguson's office.

"I have filed suit against [Attorney General Grewal]..."

The US government had ordered the blueprints taken down in 2013, arguing they were a national security risk.

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