Trump 'looking into' downloadable 3D-printed gun blueprints


The Arms Export Control Act authorizes the president to control the import and export of defense weapons and defense services and to regulate their import and export.

The company's opponents, meanwhile, filed a series of lawsuits seeking to block Defense Distributed from posting the plans online.

"The vast majority of 3D printed gun designs are not undetectable to metal detectors". Would-be gunmakers also need high-quality plastic.

Josh Blackman, a lawyer for Defense Distributed, said the case was not about guns but instead about protecting the constitutional free speech rights of his client.

"If an injunction is not issued and the status quo alters at midnight tonight, the proliferation of these firearms will have numerous negative impacts on a state level that the federal government once feared on the worldwide stage", US District Judge Robert Lasnik wrote in his order.

At least 8 states and the District of Columbia are suing the Trump administration and a Texas company in an attempt to block its distribution of blueprints for 3D gun printing.

"Today Cody Wilson committed to not publish any new printable gun codes nationwide until a court hearing in September", New Jersey Attorney General Gurbir S. Grewal said.

But as advocacy groups like the Giffords Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence recently explained to Inverse, these arguments miss the greater point, which is that more accessible 3D printed gun schematics will make it easier for people to circumvent the current legal system, particularly members of criminal organizations who could theoretically produce these weapons at scale.

Wilson sent out a tweet yesterday asking people to join him in the legal fight.

But it's unclear whether the president is planning to seek any further changes.

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The agency's spokeswoman, Heather Nauert, defended the decision to settle the case, saying that move was based on legal advice from the Justice Department. State Department officials said the plans violated US export laws.

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The gun plans were pulled from the internet in 2013 by order of the U.S. State Department under worldwide gun trafficking laws. These files have already been downloaded thousands of times, and even while DefCad remained in limbo during a four-year court battle, you could still find the files through torrent sites or other means.

Democratic Sen. Chris Murphy (Conn.), known for his passionate support for gun control, responded to Trump's tweet by saying, "Amazing how proud he is to advertise that the NRA calls all the shots".

"The President is committed to the safety and security of all Americans; he considers this his highest responsibility", deputy press secretary Hogan Gidley said to reporters aboard Air Force One.

A 3-D printed gun's quality often depends on the sophistication of the printer and the quality of the plastic used.

The technology presents Trump with tough questions about protecting the public, the limits of gun ownership rights and his own political fortunes. Some gun rights groups say the technology is expensive, the guns are unreliable and the threat is being overblown. The decision tonight to block Pennsylvania users from downloading these 3D gun files is a victory for public safety and common sense. He added that, "If you make such a weapon, or own such a weapon, you are in violation of the law".

The Wednesday deadline spurred some talk, but no real action, in Congress. Sen.

Democrats filed legislation that would prohibit the publication of a digital file online that allows a 3D printer to manufacture a firearm.