Federal Judge Blocks 3D Gun Downloads
A Seattle federal judge has temporarily blocked the release of downloadable blueprints to make 3-D guns on 8/01. “There is a possibility of irreparable harm because of the way these guns can be made,” U.S. District Judge Robert Lasnik said.
People were set to be able to legally download the 3D-printed gun plans on Wednesday following a settlement reached by the company behind the plans, the Texas-based nonprofit Defense Distributed, and the federal government in June.
Gun control advocates say the decision by the government could result in the spread of unchecked, untraceable – and even undetectable – firearms that can easily be constructed by anyone – whether they’re legally allowed to own a gun or not.