Several U.S. states said on Monday that they would jointly sue the Trump administration in a last-ditch effort to block the public from being able to download blueprints for 3-D printable guns.
The battle dates to 2013, when the State Department ordered Wilson to remove from his website plans for making guns with a 3D printer, saying that they violated export regulations dealing with sensitive military hardware and technology. Ferguson said in a statement Monday. However, even coarsely plastic 3D-printed firearms, sometimes combined with other more easily manufactured or purchased elements, can produce weapons likely to harm the shooter that are capable of firing a projectile at least once. They also say such guns are still subject to federal laws, such as a requirement that all guns contain metal parts, and state laws that require serial numbers. Besides Washington, attorney generals in Connecticut, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, and Pennsylvania have joined in.
The Trump administration has faced criticism over the issue after the Defense Department settled with a gun rights activist last month over the distribution of 3-D firearm blueprints. Wilson took to Twitter to celebrate the upcoming Wednesday blueprint release date.
Wilson had sued the USA government in 2015 after being ordered by State Department officials to take down a series of designs he posted for a 3-D printed pistol, dubbed "The Liberator".
Defense Distributed had challenged an earlier government ban as a violation of its First and Second Amendment rights to free speech and to bear arms. Pennsylvania had also sued Defense Distributed Sunday, resulting in an emergency hearing in which the company agreed to temporarily block Pennsylvania Internet users from its website.
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Shapiro says he, his legal team, the governor and state police will continue to seek a preliminary and permanent injunction against Defense Distributed's plans to make its 3-D gun files available online. But due to the pending legal battle, Wilson has made a decision to abide by the cease-and-desist orders, and will not make DEFCAD available in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Los Angeles.
Update, 6:03p.m. PT: Adds the lawsuit has now officially been filed.
Defense Distributed did not reply to a request for comment on Monday.
Wilson was quick to hail the move as step toward victory in his broader campaign to sabotage US gun control efforts.
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