Blueprints for 3D-printed guns could be available this week

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo testifies before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington

President Donald Trump says he is consulting with the National Rifle Association over whether it makes sense for a Texas company to publish downloadable blueprints for a 3D-printed gun. He did not offer further details.

On Monday, eight states filed suit against the administration over its decision to allow Defense Distributed to publish downloadable blueprints for guns online.

Defense Distributed, led by guns rights activist Cody Wilson, reached a settlement with the government late last month to allow the 3-D printed gun plans to be posted and sold online.

Led by Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson, attorneys general from California, Connecticut, the District of Columbia, Maryland, New York, New Jersey, Oregon, Pennsylvania and MA joined the movement.

The president's promise comes a day after nine states filed a lawsuit against the Trump administration for allowing the open-source software.

Twenty-one attorneys general signed onto a letter calling on U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions and U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to back out of the settlement with Defense Distributed.

'These downloadable guns are unregistered and very hard to detect, even with metal detectors, and will be available to anyone regardless of age, mental health or criminal history'.

But gun industry experts have expressed doubt that criminals would go to the trouble, since the printers needed to make the guns are very expensive, the guns themselves tend to disintegrate quickly and traditional firearms are easy to come by.

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The Obama administration argued that publishing the instructions for printing the weapons was a violation of firearm export laws, while Defense Distributed claimed the State Department was violating its First and Second Amendment rights.

"Significantly, the government expressly acknowledges that non-automatic firearms up to.50-caliber - including modern semi-auto sporting rifles such as the popular AR-15 and similar firearms - are not inherently military", a statement from gun advocates' attorney Josh Blackman read.

They said they'll be discussing the dangers of the 3D printed guns and the legislation to address it. "It's a violation of the First Amendment, it's unconscionable and we're going to fight it to the very end".

The State Department reversed course in late June, agreeing to allow Wilson to resume posting the blueprints. They also say such guns are still subject to federal laws, such as a requirement that all guns contain metal parts, and state laws that require serial numbers.

Defence Distributed agreed to temporarily block Pennsylvania residents from downloading the plans after state officials went to Federal Court in Philadelphia on Sunday in search of an emergency order.

But, months later, in an apparent change in tune, the Trump administration made a decision to remove the "technical data" for the 3-D gun blueprints from its list of US munitions as part of the June settlement agreement with Defense Distributed, meaning it was free to go forward.

On the website run by Defense Distributed, people can download plans for building the Liberator, as well as files for an AR-15 lower receiver, a complete Baretta M9 handgun and other firearms. The files were published on Friday.

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