"Remove 3D gun plans," Frosh, 11 state attorneys general demand of federal government

BALTIMORE - Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh joined fellow chief prosecutors from 22 other states in sending a letter to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and United States Attorney General Jeff Sessions demanding the U.S. Department of State take action to immediately remove illegal, downloadable plans for 3D-printed guns, Frosh's office said in a statement. 

The letter claims the State Department failed to limit the potential harm of a settlement struck with Defense Distributed, an online company that was authorized by the government to post plans online of 3-D printed guns. Last week, a lawsuit filed by nine state attorneys general resulted in a temporary restraining order blocking the publication of such plans

Since that ruling, Defense Distributed removed the files from its website, but other websites subsequently reposted the plans online and the federal government has taken no action to remove them, Frosh's statement claims.

In this call to action, Frosh joins attorneys general from California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, the District of Columbia, Hawaii, Illinois, Iowa, Maine, Minnesota, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia, and Washington. The effort is led by Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey. 

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