News & Opinion | August 1, 2018 10:23 am

Federal Judge Stops Release of Blueprints For 3D-Printed Gun

“There is a possibility of irreparable harm because of the way these guns can be made," Judge Robert Lasnik ruled.

A Liberator pistol appears on July 11, 2013 next to the 3D printer on which its components were made. The single-shot handgun is the first firearm that can be made entirely with plastic components forged with a 3D printer and computer-aided design (CAD) files downloaded from the Internet. (Robert MacPherson/AFP/Getty Images)
A Liberator pistol appears on July 11, 2013 next to the 3D printer on which its components were made. The single-shot handgun is the first firearm that can be made entirely with plastic components forged with a 3D printer and computer-aided design (CAD) files downloaded from the Internet. (Robert MacPherson/AFP/Getty Images)
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A federal judge has temporarily halted the online release of blueprints that would instruct people on how to 3D-print untraceable and undetectable plastic guns, according to CNBC. The president is reportedly mulling over whether or not his administration should have green-lighted the project, writing on Twitter: “I am looking into 3-D Plastic Guns being sold to the public. Already spoke to NRA, doesn’t seem to make much sense!”

CNBC reports that Defense Distributed, the company behind the blueprints, reached an agreement with the federal government in June allowing them to make the documents public on Wednesday. The restraining order to stop the move came from Seattle-based U.S. District Judge Robert Lasnik, who reportedly said of his ruling: “There is a possibility of irreparable harm because of the way these guns can be made.”

Voices from both sides of the aisle have tweeted or released statements against allowing the upload. Alaska Senator Lisa Murkowski wrote: “Even as a strong supporter of the Second Amendment — this is not right.”

Washington state Assistant Attorney General Jeff Rupert reportedly told Judge Lasnik: ”We don’t agree with President Trump very much, but when he tweeted ‘this doesn’t make much sense,’ that’s something we agree with.”