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U.S. judge halts release of blueprints for 3-D printed guns

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A U.S. judge on Tuesday blocked the imminent release of blueprints for 3-D printed guns, hours before they were set to hit the internet, after several states sued to halt publication of designs to make weapons that security screening may not detect.

U.S. District Judge Robert Lasnik in Seattle, Washington, said the blueprints’ publication could cause irreparable harm to U.S. citizens. The decision blocked a settlement President Donald Trump’s administration had reached with the Texas-based company, which planned to put files online on Wednesday.  

Earlier on Tuesday, Trump raised concerns about the sale of plastic guns made with 3-D printers.

Eight states and the District of Columbia on Monday filed a lawsuit to fight a June settlement between the federal government and Defense Distributed allowing the Texas-based company to legally publish its designs.

Gun control proponents are concerned the weapons made from 3-D printers are untraceable, undetectable “ghost” firearms that pose a threat to global security. Some gun rights groups say the technology is expensive, the guns are unreliable and the threat is being overblown.

(Reporting by Susan Heavey and Susan Cornwell in Washington, DC, Steve Holland aboard Air Force One, Tina Bellon in New York and Jon Herskovitz in Austin, Texas; Writing by Jon Herskovitz; Editing by James Dalgleish and Phil Berlowitz)


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7 Responses to U.S. judge halts release of blueprints for 3-D printed guns



  2. Enemy of the State says:

    It don’t matter
    Yer game is up anyways
    They are just too stupid to know it yet

  3. JoeSTP says:

    They are just playing with the public. Hey look at what we can do for you… or to you!!!

  4. Scott Chaney says:

    Time for tar, feathers, rails and ropes.

  5. Freeillinois says:

    This is a complete joke. The so-called guns made by a 3D printer are a joke, unreliable and next to worthless.

    • Enemy of the State says:

      while this may be true
      it only takes it working once to put a bullet in the forehead of some tyrant , with that its worth its weight in gold

      and like many new ideas .. give it a few months to a year and the improvements could blow your mind .. or better yet ..some very deserving individuals mind

      the fact they are scared to death of them , is poetic in my mind

      • Bill in IL says:

        Exactly EoS! I love the fact they are so scared they are wetting themselves as they shop for communist judges that will rule in their favor, for now.

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