A US judge in Seattle prevented the Trump administration from sending online plans for the production of untraceable 3D weapons to a Texas corporation on Monday. With 19 states and the District of Columbia, access to plastic guns posed a security risk.
The states sued for an agreement the government had made with Defense Distributed of Austin, Texas, saying that policies on how to print unreviewable plastic rifles could be acquired by felons or terrorists
District Judge Robert Lasnik extended an injunction, and his new decision will continue until the case is resolved. He said Cody Wilson, the owner of Defense Distributed, wanted to put the plans online so that citizens could arm themselves without having to deal with licenses, serial numbers and registrations.
Wilson said: "Governments should live in fear of their citizens."
"It is the untraceable and undetectable nature of these small firearms that presents a unique danger," Lasnik said. "The promise to discover the unknowable while eliminating a significant regulatory hurdle to the spread of these weapons, both domestically and internationally, sounds hollow and in no way diminishes the damage suffered by states if an injunction is not issued.
The State Department had reached an agreement with the company after the agency removed the 3D weapons manufacturing plans from a list of weapons or specifications that can not be exported abroad.
The states argued that the federal agency did not obey the law when it removed 3D weapons from its ammunition list. They said the government should notify Congress and provide a 30-day window before making any changes to the list, but it did not.
Lasnik criticized the government for changing its position on the threat of 3D weapons production
Until April, the government argued that it was spreading the "endangering world peace and security and foreign policy of the United States" directives the judge.
Despite these fears, the government decided that it only had to restrict the international availability of .50 caliber firearms. That was when they reached a settlement with the 3D gun company.
There was no indication that the government valued the unique features of the plastic rifles when considering removing this category of weapons from the banned list, the judge said.
There is no substantiated explanation for his change of position, "Lasnik said.
The federal government declined to comment on the judge's decision.
A US Department of Justice attorney had objected Preliminary injunctions pronounced weapons are already against the law, and the federal government is required to enforce this law.
But the judge said it was not enough.
"While the court acknowledges the seriousness with which this commitment is made in the It is of little comfort to know that once an undetectable firearm has been used to kill a citizen of Delaware or Rhode Island or Vermont, the federal government will attempt to prosecute a gun in fed while the state is one He seeks murder in a state court, "said Lasnik.
Attorney General Bob Ferguson l That was the decision.
"Once again I am glad that we stop this dangerous policy". Ferguson said. "But I have to ask one simple question: why is the Trump government working so hard to make these untraceable, undetectable 3D-printed weapons available to domestic workers, criminals and terrorists?"
Brady's Gun Control Campaign, a pro-gun control group that has aggressively opposed the online publication of the gun plans, praised the judge's decision as "a tremendous victory for the American public".
Avery Gardiner, co-president of the group, said 3D printed weapons "pose a gravest threat to our safety, and we are grateful that Judge Lasnik has recognized them as such."
The defendants are Washington, Connecticut, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, California, Colorado, Delaware, Hawaii, Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, North Carolina, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania and the United States District of Columbia.