President Trump says he’s ‘looking into’ 3D-printed guns

Access Blocked to Files for 3D Printing of Guns in Pennsylvania

Access Blocked to Files for 3D Printing of Guns in Pennsylvania

Under a court settlement, people aren't supposed to be able to legally download plans for 3-D printed guns until Wednesday.

Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey sent a letter to both Secretary of State Michael Pompeo and Attorney General Jeff Sessions about the threat posed by the downloadable guns, a letter that 20 other attorneys general signed. Gun rights advocates say fears about 3-D printed guns are largely overblown, based on current technology.

In a separate letter, Attorney General Grewal informed DreamHost, the web-hosting provider, that Defense Distributed's website will be violating the provider's Acceptable Use Policy.

At the hearing, Defense Distributed agreed to block Pennsylvania IP addresses for a few days until a more formal hearing could be held.

The company's attorney, Josh Blackman, called it an "easy case". "One state can not censor the speech of a citizen in another state".

Democratic officials in Washington, Massachusetts, Connecticut, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Oregon, Maryland, New York and the District of Columbia are behind the suit.

"Just goosed Brady, Gabby and Mike Bloomberg in federal court".

After reaching a settlement with the federal government in June, a Texas-based company plans to publish the instructions for 3-D printing weapons starting August 1. 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 3-D printer. Officials say 1,000 people have already downloaded blueprints for AR-15 rifles.

Wilson complied, but said the files already had been downloaded a million times.

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Friday's tweet storm from the President included another denunciation of Mueller's investigation as "the rigged Witch Hunt". According to Giuliani, the 100 or more tapes seized from Cohen prove that "the president did nothing wrong".

In July, the government reached a settlement with the company and waived the 2013 decision, allowing the company to move forward with their DEFCAD project. The company and its founder, Cody Wilson, spent five years battling the State Department - but that legal case came to an abrupt and surprising end with the settlement agreement. The government also agreed to pay nearly $40,000 of Wilson's legal fees and to refund some registration fees. The action was filed by Bob Ferguson, the attorney general of Washington state, who said, "If the Trump administration won't keep us safe, we will".

"This is an imminent threat to public safety and violates the law".

The plastic weapons would be untraceable and wouldn't require a background check.

On the website run by Defense Distributed, people can download plans for building the Liberator, as well as files for an AR-15 lower receiver, a complete Baretta M9 handgun and other firearms.

The president reacted to the issue after gun control activists raised awareness of gun hobbyists sharing ideas for 3-D printed gun parts online.

"I have a question for the Trump Administration: Why are you allowing unsafe criminals easy access to weapons?"

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf said he was stepping in where the federal government had failed to protect his state's citizens.

And, on Monday, multi-state legal action was filed seeking to block the ruling that Americans could see them. "Attorney General Shapiro and I will fight to protect Pennsylvania families and children". And some believe that the settlement with Wilson represented an abrupt about-face orchestrated by gun industry proponents in the Trump administration.

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