How some states are fighting to stop 'undetectable' 3D-printed guns

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"In a major victory for common sense and public safety, a federal judge just granted our request for a nationwide temporary restraining order - blocking the Trump administration from allowing the distribution of materials to easily 3-D print guns", New York Attorney General Barbara Underwood said in a statement.

Hours after a federal judge forced a group in Texas to remove online blueprints for 3-D printed firearms on Tuesday, gun-rights groups in California said they were publishing the files on a separate website.

Austin, Texas-based Defense Distributed had reached a settlement with the State Dept.in June that would allow it to make the plastic gun blueprints available for download online.

Still, Mittow says many 3D printers, even ones that run a couple thousand dollars, would be capable of making plastic guns.

"It is - simply - insane to give criminals the tools to build untraceable, undetectable 3D-printed guns at the touch of a button".

Which is why it is encouraging that Pennsylvania was among eight states that filed suit Monday against the Trump administration over its decision to allow the company to publish the blueprints.

But it is unclear how effective the temporary restraining order is since the schematics for one of its guns - The Liberator - were posted on the company's website on Friday - five days ahead of the company's announced release date. A lawyer for the company said he didn't know how many blueprints had been downloaded since then.

In the meantime, congressional Democrats have urged President Trump to reverse the decision to let Defense Distributed publish the plans.

They do not make or sell, possess, or export the guns, they merely post the code.

"The Department of Justice made a deal without the president's approval", Sanders said.

A 1988 federal law - drafted with NRA support - barred the manufacture, sale or possession of an undetectable firearm.

CNN reported Wilson said he had suspended downloads of the 3D-printer gun "until he reviews the order". "These blue attorney generals haven't sued anybody else, they've only sued my client". They say anyone following those step-by-step directions could use 3-D printer technology to create a gun out of plastic.

"We are disappointed by the court's ruling, which imposes a global prior restraint on free speech", Blackman said.

Trump had tweeted earlier that he was looking into the issue, adding, "Already spoke to NRA, doesn't seem to make much sense!". Another hearing is scheduled for August 10.

The gun plans were pulled from the internet in 2013 by order of the U.S. State Department under global gun trafficking laws.

The states, in their filing on Monday, argued the online plans will give criminals easy access to weapons by circumventing traditional sales and regulations.

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