US release of 3D-printed gun software blocked

BBC News

A US federal judge in Seattle has blocked the release of software that allows consumers to 3D-print firearms. Gun access advocacy group Defense Distributed was due to put downloadable gun blueprints online on Wednesday. The firm reached a settlement with the Trump administration in June to allow it to legally publish the instructions. But eight states and the District of Columbia sued the government on Monday to block the settlement, arguing the untraceable guns were a safety risk. US District Judge Robert Lasnik issued a temporary restraining order halting the release hours before the 1 August deadline, saying the blueprints could fall into the wrong hands.

Texas Company Will Send 3D-Printable Gun Files Directly To Customers

NPR Technology

Cody Wilson, the founder of Defense Distributed, said he received 400 orders for the blueprints for 3D-printable guns. Cody Wilson, the founder of Defense Distributed, said he received 400 orders for the blueprints for 3D-printable guns. The company at the center of a lawsuit over 3D-printable guns will send plans directly to customers, its founder said Tuesday. That comes a day after a federal judge blocked the State Department from letting the company publish the files online for free. Defense Distributed, based in Austin, Tex., and its founder, Cody Wilson, have been trying to put the designs on the internet for years.

A Judge Just Handed Gun Safety Activists a Victory on 3-D Printed Guns

Mother Jones

A district court judge in Washington State on Monday blocked the publication of blueprints for 3-D printed guns, a move cautiously heralded by the gun violence prevention movement as a promising development in what is expected to be an ongoing, drawn-out legal battle. The ruling is a result of a suit filed by 21 attorneys general late last month against the State Department, which was poised to allow Defense Distributed, an open-source online host for digital firearms files, to publish plans for a 3-D gun online. It is also the latest development in a years-long legal saga. In 2013, Cody Wilson, a self-described "crypto-anarchist" based in Texas, uploaded blueprints for the first-ever fully 3-D printed gun to, the online host for Defense Distributed. A week later--after the files had been downloaded more than 100,000 times--President Obama's State Department demanded Wilson take the blueprints down, citing violations of the International Trade in Arms Regulations, a relatively obscure trade directive that regulates weapon exports.

Facebook bans sites that share blueprints for 3D-printed guns

Daily Mail - Science & tech

Facebook is cracking down on the distribution of 3D-printed gun blueprints. On Thursday, the social media giant confirmed it is removing content related to instructions on the homemade firearms. It comes in the midst of a growing debate around gun access in the US and whether blueprints for the 3D-printed weapons should be made available to the public. Facebook is cracking down on the distribution of 3D-printed gun blueprints. At the beginning of the month, a federal judge in Seattle issued a temporary restraining order barring the release of such materials online.

Judge extends ban on publication of 3D-printed gun designs


A federal judge in Seattle issued an injunction today that blocks Defense Distributed from publishing its 3D-printed gun designs online. The move extends a temporary ban issued last month and the injunction will remain in place until a lawsuit brought forth by a number of state attorneys general is resolved. Washington, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Oregon, Maryland and Washington, DC signed onto the suit last month in an effort to reverse a US Department of State settlement that allowed the 3D gun designs to be published online. Eleven additional states joined the lawsuit earlier this month. Here's the preliminary injunction from Seattle federal judge blocking attempt to post blueprints for 3-D guns