White House slams Justice over 3D-printed guns

White House slams Justice over 3D-printed guns

White House slams Justice over 3D-printed guns

On Monday, several states-including Washington, New York, and Massachusetts-filed a lawsuit against Defense Distributed, a nonprofit from Texas native Cody Wilson that plans on uploading a whole library of 3D-printed gun designs on August 1.

Defense Distributed agreed to temporarily block Pennsylvania residents from downloading the plans after state officials went to federal court in Philadelphia on Sunday seeking an emergency order.

In June Defense Distributed reached a settlement with the federal government allowing it to make the plans for the guns available for download on Wednesday. State Department officials said the plans violated US export laws.

White House spokesman Hogan Gidley expanded on the president's comments Tuesday night, telling reporters: "It is now illegal to own or make a wholly plastic gun of any kind - including those made on a 3D printer".

Trump earlier Tuesday tweeted that he was looking at the issue. "The files are in the public domain you can not take them back", Mr. Wilson said during an interview for "CBS This Morning". Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., said while pointing to an image of a 3-D printed semi-automatic assault rifle.

Wolf says untraceable guns in the hands of unknown users "is too daunting to stand by and not take action".

Previously, Attorneys General in eight Democrat-ruled U.S. states sued the Donald Trump administration over a June settlement with Defense Distributed.

The suit says anyone with access to the blueprint and a 3D printer can easily make or sell a weapon - even those barred by law from owning firearms.

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Joining Washington in the lawsuit filed Monday were attorneys general in New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Oregon, Maryland and Washington, D.C.

"There is no doubt that Cody Wilson and Defense Distributed have inspired countless Americans to exercise their fundamental, individual rights, including through home gunsmithing", it read. The settlement allowed the company to distribute its blueprints online.

Defense Distributed's files include 3-D printable blueprints for components that would go into the making of a version of the AR-15 semi-automatic assault rifle, a weapon that has been used in many U.S. mass shootings.

Trump tweeted that he has already spoken with the National Rifle Association about the downloadable directions a Texas company wants to provide for people to make 3D-printed guns. "The administration supports this almost two-decade old law".

Lawmakers cited safety concerns, considering the guns are made entirely of plastic, making them undetectable by metal detectors and untraceable, as they can be printed without registration.

These basic guns can be made by anyone who owns a 3D printer, which uses plastic or other materials to build up an object layer by layer.

"Many anti-gun politicians and members of the media have wrongly claimed that 3-D printing technology will allow for the production and widespread proliferation of undetectable plastic firearms".

The settlement agreement allowed Defense Distributed to freely publish its gun designs, but according to Ferguson's office, the agreement, which wasn't made public until July 10, was done "in an arbitrary and capricious" fashion by the Trump administration and violates the Administrative Procedure Act.

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