NJ attorney general: Plans to release 3D gun blueprints put on hold

Geneva Stokes
August 3, 2018

"Regardless of what a person may be able to publish on the Internet, undetectable plastic guns have been illegal for 30 years", Cox said, noting that federal law makes it "unlawful to manufacture, import, sell, ship, deliver, possess, transfer or receive an undetectable firearm".

Attorneys general from eight states and the District of Columbia filed a lawsuit on Monday in a last-ditch effort to stop further release of the designs.

On Tuesday evening, a federal judge issued a temporary restraining order against Defense Distributed, forcing it to halt downloads of the files.

Some experts have sought to downplay the fears of 3D-printed weapons, emphasizing that 3D printers are expensive and weapons produced in them quickly disintegrate if used.

Technology Liberation FrontThe hysteria over guns created by 3D-printing technology is a classic example of media and political panic driven by fear of new technology rather than any sort of measurable threat. Oregon's attorney general, Ellen Rosenblum, called releasing the plans online an utter disregard for public safety.

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. "And not just any firearms, untraceable firearm", Menendez said.

Last month, in a surprise move, it won its case, with the US Justice Department ruling that Americans may "access, discuss, use and reproduce" the technical data.

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Cody Wilson of Defense Distributed, an online organization that develops digital firearms files, was set to release the downloadable blueprints for several guns on August 1st, 2018. The Liberator, for instance, is a Defense Distributed weapon which can be printed and fired once. Trump tweeted Tuesday that he was "looking into" the idea, saying making 3D plastic guns available to the public "doesn't seem to make much sense!".

President Trump said he is speaking to the NRA about the issue. "The administration supports this almost two-decade-old law, and will continue to look at all options available to us to do what is necessary to protect Americans while also supporting the First and Second Amendments".

"The more gun control gets passed, the more popularity there's been for these types of home-built firearms and do-it-yourself projects", he said.

Some security specialists worry that the guns could circumvent metal detectors and become a tool for terrorists.

Cuomo's actions came after Pennsylvania went to court Sunday to block early distribution of the plans, which weren't supposed to be available for download until Wednesday.

Senate Democrats called for President Trump to intervene.

Feldman went on to discuss the difficulty of trying to ban code without necessarily banning speech, and he pointed to the untold number of 3D guns that have already been made to show that attempts to stop the process are a little too late.

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