Celebs Beg Jeff Sessions to Block 3-D Printed Guns

Celebs Beg Jeff Sessions to Block 3-D Printed Guns

On Monday, several states-including Washington, New York, and Massachusetts-filed a lawsuit against Defense Distributed, a nonprofit from Texas native Cody Wilson that plans on uploading a whole library of 3D-printed gun designs on August 1.

Late Sunday, Pennsylvania state officials successfully stopped the plans from being available in that state after taking legal action, but revealed the files had actually been up Friday and downloaded by 1,000 people.

The lawsuit was filed after the federal government quietly settled with Wilson on a case that effectively makes it legal to share the controversial files online. Left unchecked, Americans would be able to download a wide range of actual, working guns, including AR-15s, and 3D print their own guns - without serial numbers and without being subjected to the background check system for gun sales now in place under federal and state law through licensed firearms dealers.

"The Trump administration recently chose to give access to untraceable and undetectable firearms to any felon, domestic abuser, or terrorist with a laptop and access to a 3D printer", Ferguson said.

The lawsuit, announced Monday by Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson (D), asks a federal judge to halt a June settlement between the Trump administration and digital firearms nonprofit Defense Distributed. Wilson was forced to take down the plans and challenged that decision, suing the federal government, according to The Washington Post.

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Cicilline called the results of the settlement with Defense Distributed a disaster waiting to happen given the country's gun violence epidemic. "We won't stand by as New Yorkers' safety is jeopardized by this abrupt about-face by the federal government". The State Department settlement with Wilson and the Second Amendment Foundation does not change state laws on 3-D gun printing. Durkan said while she was the U.S. Attorney for Western Washington her office considered 3D-printed guns a unsafe threat for countering terrorism, especially in how the plastic guns could be brought onto commercial flights. "Instead, the Trump administration's decision will open the floodgates and allow anyone with access to the internet and a 3D printer to possess a firearm", he said in a statement.

Ferguson said he hopes to file the lawsuit before the end of the day Monday.

Lost on Handler, Moore, and Milano is the fact that 3-D printed guns have been around for years.

Ferguson's office is asking the court to issue a temporary restraining order barring Defense Distributed from publishing the 3D printed gun tutorials.

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