Gun rights activists defy judge's order, post plans for 3D-printed guns online

August 01, 2018 06:35 AM

Despite a judge's order, people can now find plans to print their own 3D guns online. These are real weapons known as “ghost guns” that critics say can be deadly.

Those blueprints for these do-it-yourself firearms are posted on a website called Code Is Free Speech. Five groups of gun rights supporters released the plans for several high-powered weapons including the AR-15.


They may also be facing some serious consequences because the site might be violating a decision from a federal judge in Seattle who issued a temporary restraining order stopping a Texas company from releasing similar instructions for 3D-printed guns.

That company, Defense Distributed, is not behind the plans released overnight. It reached a settlement with the federal government last month allowing it to post the schematics for weapons. However, the company has stopped any downloads while it reviews the judge’s order.

The company argues this is a first and second amendment issue.

"I don't think you should have the ability to control your access to it on the internet or your ability to print it on a machine,” Defense Distributed’s Cody Wilson said.

Several gun control groups and some lawmakers are fighting back.

"These are more than just a cookbook for guns,” Nick Suplina with Everytown For Gun Safety said. “These are plug and play downloadable designs.”

The case goes back to federal court next week. Democrats are calling on President Donald Trump to reverse the decision to release the plans in the first place.

President Trump said he is speaking to the NRA about the issue.


Brennan Somers

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