Nelson calls plastic guns a 'direct threat'

Nelson calls plastic guns a 'direct threat'

Nelson calls plastic guns a 'direct threat'

The 3D printed guns have been a source of debate ever since Texas company Defense Distributed successfully sued for the right to post the blueprints online, arguing free speech claims.

NRA spokesman Dana Loesch has said trying to outlaw the guns, or the technology that produces them, would be "absolutely unenforceable".

Defense Distributed reached a settlement with the USA government last month that allowed it to post 3-D-printable gun plans online starting August 1, 2018.

During the Tuesday hearing in Seattle, Eric Soskin, a lawyer for the U.S. Justice Department, said they reached the settlement to allow Defense Distributed to post the material online because the regulations were created to restrict weapons that could be used in war, and the online guns were no different from the weapons that could be bought in a store.

In June, the State Department, now led by Trump Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, settled the case with Wilson. "I will waste all my time", Wilson said.

Advocates for gun control have argued that 3D-printed guns could also pose security challenges as they pass through airport X-ray machines. "As a former federal prosecutor, I know untraceable and unregulated 3D-printed guns present a real danger to the residents of Seattle".

"What the blue states got here is a court order that will force us to take down files off the internet, says Blackman".

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Washington's Attorney General, Bob Ferguson, said at a press conference before filing the lawsuit on Monday that the Trump administration's settlement was "unprecedented and not only disastrous for public safety but undermines our state laws meant to keep firearms out of the hands of risky individuals". "Right now 3D-printing of firearms is in its infancy, you're not making great guns, you're making curiosities".

Eight states and Washington, D.C. sued the Trump administration to stop the Austin-based company from posting the downloadable blueprints.

"There is no doubt that Cody Wilson and Defense Distributed have inspired countless Americans to exercise their fundamental, individual rights, including through home gunsmithing", it read. However, as early as Sunday, over 1,000 people had already downloaded plans to print an AR-15-style rifle, according to the office of Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro.

Under the terms of the government's settlement with Defense Distributed, the State Department gave the company the go-ahead to begin publishing the files on Friday. "Already spoke to NRA, doesn't seem to make much sense!".

People can use the blueprints to manufacture plastic guns using a 3D printer.

A Texas company called Defense Distributed is now fighting a legal battle over publication of plans which would allow gun lovers to print out firearms including a replica of the notorious AR-15 assault rifle, which has been used in a number of mass shootings.

While providing the blueprint design information online is not illegal, creating one of these devices is in direct violation of the federal firearms law.

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