Under the terms of the government's settlement with Defense Distributed, the State Department gave the company the go-ahead to begin publishing the files on Friday.Eight states and Washington, D.C. sued the Trump administration to stop the Austin-based company from posting the downloadable blueprints.US District Judge Robert Lasnik issued a temporary restraining order halting the release hours before the 1 August deadline, saying the blueprints could fall into the wrong hands.The states sought a restraining order and an injunction to block the gun info from being posted on the internet.In essence, officials said, someone in another country that the United States doesn't sell weapons to could download the material and make guns.Joining the suit were Democratic attorneys general in Massachusetts, Connecticut, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Oregon, Maryland, New York and the District of Columbia.Saunders said that since launching an anti-violence initiative that saw an additional 200 … [Read more...] about Federal judge blocks release of plans for 3D-printed guns
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Aamer Madhani and Andrew Wolfson USA TODAY Published 9:48 p.m. UTC Aug 1, 2018 If gun rights activist Cody Wilson gets his way in his ongoing legal battle, soon anybody – including convicted felons and the mentally ill – with a few raw materials and access to an industrial 3D printer could build a plastic firearm, gun-control advocates say. But will people, particularly a criminal or someone else intent on carrying out violence, bother to make the effort? Tech experts and stakeholders in the gun-control debate are divided on whether the emergence of 3D-printed plastic guns presents an immediate new safety threat to U.S communities. A federal judge in Seattle on Tuesday placed a temporary injunction until Aug. 10 against Wilson from publishing his blueprints on his website, Defcad.com. Some 3D print experts, however, say even if Wilson wins his battle, the plastic gun is, at least at this point, not a practical weapon. “It’s not feasible to print … [Read more...] about 3D-printed guns might be inevitable. But are they a practical weapon of choice for criminals?
POLITICS 08/01/2018 01:54 pm ET The nation's leading gun group offered an awkward response to controversy over the publishing of blueprints for 3D-printed firearms. By Nick Wing The widespread release of downloadable blueprints for 3D-printed firearms would not give way to a rise in undetectable plastic guns because there already is a law against them, the National Rifle Association claimed Tuesday. The statement, from Chris Cox, the executive director of the NRA’s Institute for Legislative Action, appeared to undercut one of the organization’s guiding principles ― that laws banning guns and firearm accessories are pointless because criminals by definition don’t abide by the law. Anyone intent on getting ahold of a piece of weaponry can find a way to do so, regardless of its legality, the argument goes. Yet here’s Cox saying that we need not worry about people 3D-printing plastic guns ― which can bypass metal … [Read more...] about The NRA’s Convenient Hypocrisy On 3D-Printed Plastic Guns
Tech & Science 3D printing Ghost guns A website that sells plans for 3D-printed guns has been blocked in Pennsylvania following an intervention from Attorney General Josh Shapiro. On Sunday, Shapiro asked a federal judge in an emergency hearing to block the website Defense Distributed from being viewed in Pennsylvania. U.S. District Court Judge Paul Diamond granted the request and temporarily blocked the site until a formal hearing could be organized. Plans were meant to be available on the website from Wednesday, but according to a release from Shapiro’s office they were leaked early and downloaded more than 1,000 times before Sunday. The plans were for AR-15 rifles, the weapon used in a string of U.S. mass shootings. Stock image: A website offering 3D printed gun plans has been blocked in Pennsylvania. Getty Images Recommended Slideshows 67 The Best Pictures Ever Taken in Space 47 Underwater Photographer of the Year 2018 winners: Stunning sharks, … [Read more...] about 3D-printed AR-15 Rifle Plans Have Already Been Downloaded More Than 1,000 Times
Paul Penzone, The Washington Post Published 6:43 am PDT, Thursday, July 26, 2018 Photo: Photo Courtesy Of Cody Wilson Image 1of/1 CaptionClose Image 1 of 1 A printable pistol released to Internet was named "Liberator." in April 2013. A printable pistol released to Internet was named "Liberator." in April 2013. Photo: Photo Courtesy Of Cody Wilson I'm a sheriff. Don't flood this country with 3D-printed guns. 1 / 1 Back to Gallery I am not fearful of firearms. I believe the Second Amendment was written with purpose and with sensitivity to generational circumstances. But what I am extremely concerned about is who has access to firearms and the devastation firearms are capable of in the wrong hands. Imagine a world in which anyone - including terrorists, convicted felons and domestic abusers - has immediate … [Read more...] about I’m a sheriff. Don’t flood this country with 3D-printed guns.