By Nancy Thorner & Ed Ingold -
Seven states and Washington DC sued and successfully obtained a restraining order against release of plans to make firearm parts using 3D printers. The restraining order from U.S. District Judge Robert Lasnik in Seattle puts that plan on hold for now. As Lasnic stated, “There is a possibility of irreparable harm because of the way these guns can be made."
Washington state Attorney General Bob Ferguson called the ruling “a complete, total victory.” “We were asking for a nationwide temporary restraining order putting a halt to this outrageous decision by the federal government to allow these 3D downloadable guns to be available around our country and around the world. He granted that relief,” Ferguson said, at a news conference after the hearing. “That is significant.”
Predictably, most involved are Blue states which come down against private firearm ownership whenever possible: Massachusetts, Connecticut, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Oregon, Maryland, New York and the District of Columbia, but Illinois has also joined in with the crusade.