A federal judge is blocking the release of 3-D gun blueprints online. This, after eight states and the District of Columbia sued to stop the plan for 3D-printed guns from being made available online.
Last week, the federal government reached a settlement that would allow a Texas company (and presumably others) to put plans for the weapons up for download. Some can be printed from the same material Lego blocks are made of. Another company has plans for AR-15 rifle parts that can be milled from a block of aluminum.
In advance of the decision, President Trump took to Twitter saying he's looking into the sale of 3-D Plastic Guns, adding "Already spoke to the NRA, doesn't seem to make much sense!" Maybe so – but not for the reason you might think. “Undetectable plastic guns have been illegal for 30 years,” NRA Executive Director Chris Cox says in a statement. "Federal law passed in 1988, crafted with the NRA’s support, makes it unlawful to manufacture, import, sell, ship, deliver, possess, transfer, or receive an undetectable firearm.”