SEATTLE, WA – A federal judge in Seattle has extended a ban on the publishing of blueprints for 3D printed guns. The ban will remain in place until the case is resolved in court.
Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson and seven other state attorneys general in late July sued the state department to block blueprints published by Austin-based Defense Distributed. The company had been granted permission by the federal government to distribute those plans, which would’ve allowed people to make untraceable plastic firearms.
“Once again, I’m glad we put a stop to this dangerous policy,” Ferguson said in a statement Monday morning. “But I have to ask a simple question: why is the Trump Administration working so hard to allow these untraceable, undetectable 3D-printed guns to be available to domestic abusers, felons and terrorists?”
Lasnik in his ruling said that untraceable 3D guns would pose a “unique danger.”
“The very purpose for which the private defendants seek to release this technical data is to arm every citizen outside of the government’s traditional control mechanisms of licenses, serial numbers, and registration. It is the untraceable and undetectable nature of these small firearms that poses a unique danger,” Lasnik wrote.
Lasnik’s ruling comes less than 24 hours after the latest mass shooting in the U.S. David Katz, 24, killed two and himself at a video game tournament in Jacksonville, Florida, on Sunday. Katz carried out the shooting with a handgun after he was eliminated from the “Madden NFL ’19” tournament.
Caption: A woman admires a 3D printed handgun which was created and fired by Finnish journalist Ville Vaarne and which is displayed in the exhibition ‘3D: printing the future’ in the Science Museum on Oct. 8, 2013 in London, England.