3D-printed guns: 21 states ask government for an emergency ban

Access Blocked to Files for 3D Printing of Guns in Pennsylvania

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. They say it will allow people to avoid background checks by using 3D printers to make their own guns at home.

"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.

The 3D-blueprints were removed from the site in 2013 because the government said it violated worldwide regulation laws, but eventually surrendered, concluding 3D-gun blueprints count as constitutionally protected speech.

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

Cody Wilson, founder of Defense Distributed, is well aware of the effects this settlement will have on gun control: "The age of the downloadable gun formally begins", boasts the company's website. Wilson posted the plans for his gun, called the Liberator, onto his website, where the plans were downloaded thousands of times.

Then, just recently, the federal government settled with Wilson, allowing his plans to move forward.

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 USA munitions list.

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"We're hoping to go back into court and get something more permanent", the acting state police commissioner, Lt. Col. Robert Evanchick, said Monday.

Blueprints for 3D printed guns will be legally available online at midnight, according to the terms of a court settlement reached last month.

The varied efforts, in courthouses and legislatures, are aimed at Defense Distributed, a Texas-based nonprofit organization that won permission in June from the State Department to post schematics for homemade firearms. "Today, the defendants claimed in court that they began distributing gun files even earlier - on Friday".

Defense Distributed did not reply to a request for comment on Monday.

"Letter takes only vague and general positions regarding nuisance and negligence law", responded Defense Distributed to the New Jersey letter.

Second Amendment Foundation founder and executive vice president Alan Gottlieb countered the type of arguments employed by Ferguson, saying, "You can not exercise the right to keep and bear arms without being able to buy or make your own firearm".

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