Canadians could face jail time for 3D printing guns

A federal judge has put a temporary restraining order preventing the Trump administration from allowing the distribution of blueprints of 3-D printed plastic guns.

The next afternoon, a federal judge in Seattle issued a temporary restraining order to stop the release of blueprints to make the guns.

The weapons, made of the same plastic as Legos, are unrecognizable by metal detectors and are untraceable because they don't have serial numbers.

"Codes that at a click of a button would have enabled anyone, including terrorists, including criminals, including domestic abusers, including juveniles to print guns using a 3D printer", he said.

Which is why it is encouraging that Pennsylvania was among eight states that filed suit Monday against the Trump administration over its decision to allow the company to publish the blueprints.

Last week, three of the largest gun safety advocacy groups filed a motion asking a federal judge in Austin to block Defense Distributed from posting the files in question.

"We should be doing everything we can to make it more hard for criminals, children, and individuals with serious mental illness to possess a gun".

"I am looking into 3-D Plastic Guns being sold to the public", he said. 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. "Regardless of what a person may be able to publish on the Internet, undetectable plastic guns have been illegal for 30 years", Chris Cox, executive director of the NRA's Institute for Legislative Action, said in a statement.

But critics are concerned it will see a massive rise in so-called ghost guns, unregistered weapons the government is unaware of and is unable to trace.

"If an injunction is not issued and the status quo alters at midnight tonight, the proliferation of these firearms will have numerous negative impacts on a state level that the federal government once feared on the worldwide stage", US District Judge Robert Lasnik wrote in his order.

Senator Bill Nelson, a Democrat from Florida, filed a bill in the Republican-controlled U.S. Senate to block publication of 3-D printed gun blueprints, saying the weapons can evade detection systems and are "a direct threat to our national security".

Washington state attorney general Bob Ferguson had announced on Monday that he would be suing the State Department to get it to change its mind on the so-called "ghost guns".

The arguments began in 2013 when self-styled crypto-anarchist Cody Wilson showed off the world's first 3D-printed gun.

Lasnik is expected to hold a hearing on August 10 to determine whether the order should be made permanent. "It's a violation of the First Amendment, it's unconscionable and we're going to fight it to the very end". He understands concerns about the guns' ability to be detected, but laws already make it illegal for people to possess undetectable guns.

It would have allowed anyone with access to a printer to potentially build a lethal weapon, which opponents say can not be seen by a metal detector or tracked to a licence holder.