Vermont to join multi-state lawsuit over 3-D printed guns

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Attorney General T.J. Donovan said Thursday that Vermont will join eight states and the District of Columbia in a lawsuit aimed at stopping online distribution of blueprints for making 3-D printable guns.

In a Twitter post, Donovan said, “Downloadable guns are untraceable and undetectable – this is unacceptable for public safety. My office is continuing to consider all legal options.”

Last month, after years fighting the federal government, Defense Distributed, a Texas company, reached a settlement with the Trump administration allowing it to post the blueprints online, starting August 1. 

Late Tuesday, a federal judge blocked public availability of the blueprints, granting a temporary restraining order in response to a suit filed by the attorneys general for eight states and District of Columbia.

The suit argues instructions for building the do-it-yourself firearms are a national security threat.

New York join the multi-state lawsuit on Monday. New York Attorney General Barbara Underwood said in a statement Tuesday’s ruling by U.S. District Court Judge Robert S. Lasnik is “a major victory for common sense and public safety.

“As we argued in the suit we filed yesterday, it is — simply — crazy to give criminals the tools to build untraceable, undetectable 3-D printed guns at the touch of a button,” Underwood said. “Yet that’s exactly what the Trump administration decided to allow.”

Also on Tuesday, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo issued a cease-and-desist order against Cody Wilson, the founder of Defense Distributed.

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