A U.S. judge has temporarily blocked the online publication of blueprints for 3D-printed firearms, in a last-ditch effort to stop a settlement President Donald Trump's administration had reached with the company releasing the digital documents.
White House spokesman Hogan Gidley expanded on the president's comments Tuesday night, telling reporters: "It is now illegal to own or make a wholly plastic gun of any kind - including those made on a 3D printer".
State Sens. Vincent Hughes, D-Philadelphia, and Wayne Fontana, D-Allegheny, said Wednesday they plan to introduce legislation that would amend the state definition of "firearm" to include 3D printed guns and would prevent people from printing guns unless they have a federal firearm manufacturing license.
Republican leaders say existing laws on the books already outlaw the private manufacturing of guns and undetectable firearms, and require any firearm made to contain metal.
"It's illegal to own an untraceable and undetectable firearm at this point", he said, citing the Undetectable Firearms Act of 1988.
Eight Democratic attorneys general filed a lawsuit to block the public from getting their hands on the blueprints, arguing unregistered weapons produced by high-tech printers pose a serious safety risk.
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.
"These arms, that people can complete, would be out of metal, and so they would be much more robust than ones that are printed out of plastic", he said.
Shkop said 3D printing is part of the future of gun manufacturing. Among them were schematics for the Liberator, a single-shot.380-caliber handgun made nearly entirely of 3D-printed plastic.
The Supreme Court has yet to tackle the case, but lower courts previously struck down the freedom of speech argument.
Wilson says that blocking the release of the blueprints is a violation of the First and Second amendments.
The state department has said it made a decision to settle the case on the advice of the justice department, which argued the government would lose this case as it was about the First Amendment of the Constitution, which guarantees the freedom of speech.
The statement came hours after President Donald Trump expressed skepticism over the ability to legally download plans for 3D printed guns, saying in a tweet that he's spoken with the NRA about them because the technology "doesn't seem to make much sense!".
The gun plans were pulled from the internet in 2013 by order of the U.S. State Department under global gun trafficking laws.
"I can control the distribution of firearms but I can't control the distribution of printers".
As of Monday, 21 state attorneys general have sued the firm.
Rep. Ed Royce, R-Calif., chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, said he was concerned that distribution of the blueprints could allow terrorists and global criminal organizations to manufacture guns that can't be detected.