3D gun plans website suspends downloads after court ruling

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President Trump on Tuesday weighed in on 3D-printed guns - a day after eight U.S. states sued the government for an emergency ban on blueprints for the potentially untraceable weapons.

"Mr. Wilson scrupulously obeys all court orders", Blackman said, adding that he was awaiting the judge's written order before deciding on further legal action.

The President's comments come one day before the government will allow online plans to be posted on the web following a settlement with gun-rights activists.

Media captionCody Wilson invented the first 3D printed gun.

At a news conference Tuesday, Democratic senators said Trump has the power to stop the company from making the plans available online. Defense Distributed planned to release the instructions August 1, which is why Ferguson sought immediate relief from the court.

The controversy began in 2013 when self-styled crypto-anarchist Cody Wilson showed off the world's first 3D-printed gun. On issue after issue, the Trump administration's M.O. when there's a crisis is to say, 'We'll look into it.

On Sunday, July 29, 2018, Defense Distributed and the Second Amendment Foundation, a gun rights organization, sued Attorney General Grewal in federal district court in Austin, Texas, seeking to prevent Attorney General Grewal from preventing the publication of the company's computer files on its website, known as "DEFCAD".

Khan argues that because 3D printed firearms are untraceable, he says lawmakers must step up.

3D printers typically use some sort of plastic polymer to allow users who have one to create their own three-dimensional renderings and designs.

Blueprints for the weapons will appear online a month after gun-rights group Defense Distributed settled with the government to permit them to share them on the internet.

"There is no indication in the settlement agreement or elsewhere that any analysis, study or determination was made by the government defendants in consultation with other agencies", says the release from the Attorney General's Office.

"As the chief law enforcement officers of our states, we believe the settlement terms and proposed rules are deeply unsafe and could have an unprecedented impact on public safety", the letter said.

These are the 3D-printed gun plans now available on Defcad.com, and their current download counts as of July 31.

We'll start with a name you are sure to recognize: Alyssa Milano, the American actress from such great TV shows as Who's The Boss? and Charmed.

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 on Friday.

While the blueprints can be printed using a 3D printer, industry experts told The Associated Press that such printers are expensive, the guns can disintegrate quickly, and normal guns are easier to access.

Trump tweeted that he has already spoken with the National Rifle Association about the downloadable directions a Texas company wants to provide for people to make 3D-printed guns.

On Capitol Hill Tuesday morning, Senate Democrats declared that Trump would be responsible for any injuries or deaths resulting from untraceable 3-D plastic guns, and called on him to reverse the policy immediately.

Wilson said in an online video that the blueprints were downloaded more than 400,000 times before they were taken down in 2013.