Judge Issues Temporary Order Suspending Website's 3D-Gun-Plans Downloads

Update: Somewhat as expected, after the hysteria if the last few days, CNN reports that Federal Judge Robert Lasnik - an Obama appointee - issued a temporary restraining order on Tuesday "blocking (the) federal government from allowing distribution of downloadable 3D printed" guns, according to a tweet from the Washington State Office of the Attorney General.

"The judge's rule is clear," Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson said at a news conference. "We go back to the status quo, before the federal government made the disastrous decision to undo these protections for public safety."

"Disastrous decision", "reckless" - once again the hysterical reactions from the left spew forth, but as spokeswoman Brionna Aho notes, the judge's ruling does not order Defense Distribution to take the plans for the guns off their website, but keeping them up is again illegal.

"The effect is restoring the status quo before the government took action but (the judge) hasn't technically ruled on the lawfulness of the government action yet."

Defense Distributed founder Cody Wilson said the site has disabled downloads until he reviews the order.

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President Trump appeared to voice his opposition to 3-D printed guns being sold to the public, in a tweet this morning, saying that he had already spoken to the National Rifle Association about the issue and that it did not appear to make much sense...

As The Daily Caller notes, the issue of 3-D printed guns has reached a fever pitch in recent days after a Texas non-profit organization won the right to post the plans for such weapons online for public consumption.

The downloadable plans range from rudimentary handguns to rifles similar to an AR-15. The plans can be used by anyone with a 3D printer and minimal outside materials to create an untraceable firearm.

A selection of 3-D printed gun files already available on the Defense Distributed website, Defcad.com.

Several states have intervened to ask the Trump administration to federally ban such firearms.

“These downloadable guns are unregistered and very difficult to detect, even with metal detectors, and will be available to anyone regardless of age, mental health or criminal history. If the Trump Administration won’t keep us safe, we will," said Washington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson (D), who represents one of the eight states suing the Trump administration.

The fight over 3-D printed guns stems back to 2013 when the U.S. Department of State banned the Texas non-profit from posting plans for such firearms online because it was in violation of export control trade practices.

The non-profit argued that the ban stifled its freedom of speech and eventually forced the government to back down. The plans will be posted online Aug. 1.

As The Hill reports, Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer chimed in, saying that Trump’s tweet was a display of “incompetence and dangerous governing.”



Hillarys Server Tue, 07/31/2018 - 12:31 Permalink

Just give Twitter a monopoly on 3D printers and they'll have the code for guns print out I'm With Her buttons.

Or shadowban guns. No one will find out.

And if they do CNN can claim Russia peepee-ed on the 3D printers.

Next question, Jim Acosta.

"Mr President, did you pee on a 3D printer?"

Free This toady Tue, 07/31/2018 - 12:36 Permalink

hmmmm, not sure I want to print a gun?

He is looking into it, so no decisions yet, mkay.

What I think about is guys like MS-13 printing their own, but on the other hand I am a 2A NO INFRINGEMENT kind of guy - I am torn!

My Glock's lowers are plastic/carbon whatever, but the uppers are metal, I kind of like my hands the way they are - intact!


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tmosley Free This Tue, 07/31/2018 - 12:38 Permalink

More Trump misdirection. PLASTIC 3d printed guns aren't being SOLD to anyone. Plans are available for them and people print them for themselves.

Of course they shouldn't be sold. They are EXTREMELY dangerous to the user. But that doesn't mean plans on how to make them can or should be removed from the internet.

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bshirley1968 Weirdly Tue, 07/31/2018 - 22:55 Permalink

Everybody has more guns and ammo than they could feasibility use in a real fire fight.

Florida and other states are confiscating guns based on "pre-crime" restraining orders, prices on guns are at rock bottom prices, there are more available than ever before, and we are talking about plastic frickin printer receivers that still need a barrel and all the other fixin's? You got to be kidding me!

I don't want to see and bullshit infringement, but this whole story is meaningless and a waste of time.

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Citxmech Weirdly Wed, 08/01/2018 - 01:55 Permalink

The only "undetectable" gun would have to have a plastic chamber/barrel.  Something like that would be good for a few shots from a low pressure round at most (think John Malkovic's plastic gun from "In the Line of Fire").

Those printed AR lowers still have steel bolts, carriers, and barrels.  Easily detectable.

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are we there yet Ghost of Porky Tue, 07/31/2018 - 20:45 Permalink

Fighting a fundamental technology is always a loosing battle. When the early vcr could write any kind of video, porn laws were unenforceable, next the internet made transmitting porn or any information virtually unenforceable, once 3-D printing becomes commonplace, controlling what is printed or sharing digital files to print 3-d is hopeless.

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