In an emergency hearing in federal court in Philadelphia on Sunday evening, a Texas nonprofit agreed to block Pennsylvania internet users from downloading its files for making firearms with a 3D printer - for now.
People can use the blueprints to manufacture a plastic gun using a 3D printer.
The 3D-blueprints were removed from the site in 2013 because the government said it violated worldwide regulation laws, but eventually surrendered, concluding 3D-gun blueprints count as constitutionally protected speech.
By providing the instructions, the company would be helping Pennsylvanians circumvent state laws requiring gun-buyers to be at least 18 years old, pass background checks and obtain licenses and permits for some weapons, according to the lawsuit. Washington is joined by Massachusetts, Connecticut, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Oregon, Maryland, New York and the District of Columbia in the suit. A federal court ruled Sunday that residents of Pennsylvania will not be permitted to download plans to print these guns on 3D printers. Separately, attorneys general in 21 states urged Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Monday to withdraw from the settlement with Defense Distributed, saying it "creates an imminent risk to public safety". "This is really, if there was a terrorist or criminal rights organization, they would be cheering today because this is all about how people who shouldn't get guns can get guns easily", Durkan said.
Cody and the Second Amendment Foundation sued the State Department in 2015, arguing that the forced removal violated his right to bear arms and his First Amendment free speech rights.
The suit asks for a temporary restraining order nationwide that would cover both the federal government lifting export controls and Defense Distributed from posting the downloads.
The administration of US President Donald Trump failed to explain why it settled the case and allowed the publication of the blueprints, Ferguson said. That in theory could have been the end of it, and the federal government moved to dismiss the lawsuit in April.
The LA's Attorney's Office and the New Jersey District Attorney's Office did not return AmmoLand's request for comments at the time of publication.The U.S. State Department quickly ordered Wilson to remove his plans, arguing that they violated global arms treaties because the plans were in effect distributing weapons across the world.
Defense Distributed began sharing some of the files Friday.
Second Amendment Foundation founder and executive vice president Alan Gottlieb countered the type of arguments employed by Ferguson, saying, "You can not exercise the right to keep and bear arms without being able to buy or make your own firearm".