11 more states join lawsuit on 3D printed guns

11 more states join lawsuit on 3D printed guns
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Eleven more states have joined a lawsuit against the Trump administration to block a settlement allowing for blueprints for 3D printed guns to be uploaded to the internet.

Nineteen states and D.C. are now suing the administration and the group Defense Distributed to block the plans from being made available online. The original lawsuit had been filed on Monday.


The blueprints for the 3D printed weapons were permitted to be uploaded to the internet as part of a government settlement with gun rights activists.

A federal judge on Tuesday issued a temporary nationwide injunction to block the blueprints from becoming readily available, hours before they were set to go public.

The plans were not supposed to be made available until Wednesday, but some were uploaded to the Defense Distributed site on Friday. The BBC reported that the plans have been downloaded thousands of times.

President TrumpDonald John TrumpTwitter CEO: 'Not true' that removing Trump campaign video was illegal, as president has claimed Biden formally clinches Democratic presidential nomination Barr says he didn't give 'tactical' command to clear Lafayette protesters MORE tweeted on Tuesday that he is discussing the issue with the National Rifle Association and that selling blueprints for 3D printed guns to the public “doesn’t make much sense." 

White House spokesman Hogan Gidley on Thursday said the Trump administration "will continue to look at all options available to us to do what is necessary to protect Americans while also supporting the First and Second amendments."