Amazon removes gun activists' website after 3D-printed weapons blueprints were posted

Nine states are suing the Trump administration to stop 3D-printed guns

Nine states are suing the Trump administration to stop 3D-printed guns

This comes after US President Donald Trump tweeted on Tuesday (Wednesday NZ Time) that he was consulting with the National Rifle Association over whether it makes sense for a Texas company to publish downloadable blueprints for a 3D-printed gun.

They're untraceable, undetectable, and unavailable now that a federal judge blocked a company's plans to publish blueprints for 3D printed guns.

The company behind the plans, Defense Distributed, reached an agreement with the federal government in June allowing it to make the plans for the guns available for download, starting this week.

In a statement, Mr Ferguson said: "These downloadable guns are unregistered and very hard to detect, even with metal detectors, and will be available to anyone regardless of age, mental health or criminal history".

Eight states and the District of Columbia filed suit yesterday, led by Washington State's Attorney General Bob Ferguson, on the basis that the settlement violated both a required procedure for issuing a waiver for gun manufacture and the Tenth Amendment.

In 2013, Defense Distributed posted a YouTube video demonstrating what it said was a Liberator pistol made from 3D-printed parts. It had been downloaded more than 4,500 downloads as of Tuesday afternoon, and models for the AR-15, the second-most popular firearm, had been downloaded more than 3,000 times.

Late Tuesday, dozens of Democratic senators introduced legislation to prohibit the publication of 3D-printable firearm designs, a move gun control groups applauded.

Avery Gardiner, co-president of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence called the restraining order "a strong step and a clear victory for the entire gun safety movement" in a statement.

"Many antigun politicians and members of the media have wrongly claimed that 3D printing technology will allow for the production and widespread proliferation of undetectable plastic firearms", said Chris Cox, the NRA's executive director for legislative action. He understands concerns about the guns' ability to be detected, but laws already make it illegal for people to possess undetectable guns.

These basic guns can be made by anyone who owns a 3D printer, which uses plastic or other materials to build up an object layer by layer. Critics say the weapon can be undetectable and they don't have serial numbers, so they can be traced.

"All you need is a little money and you can download a blueprint from the internet to make a gun at home", said the Senate minority leader, Chuck Schumer. Not only would it be able to print figurines, clothes and office supplies, it had the potential to print guns.

The US Supreme Court had declined to take up his case.

Another hearing will be on the 10th August. U.S. District Judge Robert Lasnik in Seattle put the plan on hold.

The states, in their filing on Monday, argued the online plans will give criminals easy access to weapons by circumventing traditional sales and regulations.

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