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Federal judge blocks release of plans for 3D-printed guns

Oregon’s attorney general, Ellen Rosenblum, called releasing the plans online an utter disregard for public safety.

Posted: Jul 31, 2018 5:24 PM
Updated: Aug 1, 2018 11:31 AM

SEATTLE -- A federal judge in Seattle has issued a temporary restraining order to stop the release of blueprints to make untraceable and undetectable 3D-printed plastic guns.

Eight democratic attorneys general filed a lawsuit Monday. They're seeking to block the federal government's settlement with the company that makes the plans available online.

They also sought a restraining order, arguing the 3D guns would be a safety risk. For now, the plans are on hold. Oregon’s attorney general, Ellen Rosenblum, called releasing the plans online an utter disregard for public safety.

Christian Miller, who works at Northwest Arsenal, a Eugene gun store and shooting range, said he supports 3D-printed guns. Miller said the cost and skill it takes to make a 3D-printed gun will keep crooks from buying them.

“The whole process one has to undergo in terms of the cost of getting it and the know how to put these together safely is prohibitive, so I don't necessarily see it being an issue,” Miller said.

The managers at Northwest Arsenal said they haven’t had any 3D-printed guns come through their doors before. Miller said if they do, they would make sure the gun is safe before firing it and make sure the gun owner is legally allowed to have one.

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