Judge Blocks Release Of 3D Gun Blueprints

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A federal judge in Seattle issued a temporary restraining order to prevent the release of blueprints to make and print plastic guns using a 3-D printer on Tuesday evening.

U.S. District Judge Robert Lasnik issued the order, which prevented the blueprints from being released less than 24 hours prior to the scheduled release time.

Eight Democratic attorneys general filed a lawsuit hoping to block the federal government’s settlement that would allow the plans to be released on Monday. (RELATED: NRA Shoots Back: These 3D Printed Untraceable Guns Have Been Illegal For Three Decades)

The restraining order will provide more time for lawmakers to identify the ramifications of publishing these blueprints.

The settled lawsuit was brought on by Cody Wilson, the founder of the nonprofit digital publishing firm Defense Distributed, against the U.S. Department of State for infringing on his First Amendment rights.

It would allow for Wilson’s blueprints, detailing how to print and set up a gun with a 3D printer, to be reposted on the Internet starting on Wednesday. (RELATED: Democrats Sound The Alarm Over ‘Ghost Guns’ After Courts Declare Them Legal)