Federal judge blocks downloadable 3-D guns

Downloads disabled for now
Posted at 5:19 AM, Aug 01, 2018
and last updated 2018-08-01 05:25:35-04

Instructions on how to make a gun using a 3-d printer will not be released Wednesday. A federal judge in Washington state temporarily blocked the company Defense Distributed from posting blueprints on its website.

Attorneys General from eight states including Maryland filed a lawsuit to block the plans from being shared. They argue the guns are dangerous because they are untraceable and undetectable.

Defense Distributed had already posted a few of the blueprints before Wednesday which people downloaded thousands of times. The CEO of Defense Distributed, Cody Wilson argues blocking the plans from being published is a violation of free speech. Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh disagrees saying,"The Supreme Court has held for centuries that dangerous speech is not covered by the First Amendment."

Democrats in both the U.S. House and U.S. Senate have introduced legislation to ban 3-D printed guns.