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

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

The release of blueprints for 3D-printed weapons was temporarily blocked on Tuesday, with Seattle-based judge Robert Lasnik ruling against their publication by company Defense Distributed.

But while users can build the gun, there is no way to ensure they affix metal to it.

Attorney General Grewal filed the lawsuit in Superior Court in Essex County, seeking a temporary restraining order against Defense Distributed and its founder, Cody Wilson.

CNN reported Wilson said he had suspended downloads of the 3D-printer gun "until he reviews the order".

Ferguson announced Monday he was leading the lawsuit, which originally involved eight states and the District of Columbia. New York Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo (D) on Tuesday also issued a cease-and-desist order against the man who was scheduled to post them online.

President Donald Trump said that he is looking into the situation.

A firearms expert told CNN that a 3D printed gun would need to have some type of metal component because it's federal law. "Doesn't seem to make much sense!".

The company's website says it will relaunch today after the settlement with the State Department.

The problem with all of this is that designs for 3-D printable guns have been online since 2013 at other sites and are still available now.




The Firearms Policy Coalition, however, slammed the restraining order.

A federal judge has blocked the release of designs meant to allow people to make their own firearms using a 3-D printer.

Josh Blackman, a lawyer for the company Defense Distributed, said during Tuesday's hearing that blueprints had already been uploaded to the firm's website Friday. Officials say 1,000 people have already downloaded blueprints for AR-15 rifles.

Throughout the day several Democratic lawmakers criticized President Trump and the administration for capitulating to Wilson, despite previous legal victories. Trump said, adding he was consulting with the NRA.

At least one Republican also expressed concern.

"Even as a strong supporter of the Second Amendment - this is not right, " Alaska Senator Lisa Murkowski tweeted, linking to a news story on the guns. The move "will protect lives across the world", tweeted the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. "And because the guns would be printed without serial numbers, they would be untraceable by law enforcement, making it all the more hard to solve crimes committed with these weapons".

"Regardless of what a person may be able to publish on the Internet, undetectable plastic guns have been illegal for 30 years", Chris Cox, executive director of the NRA's Institute for Legislative Action, said in a statement. A federal law passed in 1988 - crafted with NRA support - bars the manufacture, sale, or possession of an undetectable firearm. The single-shot pistol was made nearly entirely out of ABS plastic - the same material Lego bricks are made from - and could be made on a 3D printer.

The U.S. district judge who made the decision said there's a possibility these guns could cause "irreparable harm".

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