DOJ says those against 3D gun case don’t understand the issue
By Chris Eger
U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions stressed Thursday that undetectable guns were already illegal in the country under federal law at the same time the Department of Justice asked a Seattle-based court to allow the distribution of 3D gun files to proceed. (Photo: DOJ)
Federal attorneys said those seeking to stop the distribution of 3D printed gun files in court are missing the mark on their argument.
A growing group of eight states and gun control advocacy groups is waging a battle against the U.S. State Department for the planned settlement with Cody Wilson’s Defense Distributed company that would allow Wilson to distribute downloadable gun plans.
Led by Washington state Attorney General Bob Ferguson, those seeking to block the release argue the files pose a public safety risk. On Wednesday the Trump Administration pushed back in court, holding the states and advocates are misreading the issue and figuratively trying to put the genie back in the bottle.
“[T]he Government notes that the possibility of manufacturing small-caliber firearms from a 3D-printing process has been publicly discussed since 2013,” said U.S. Attorney Annette L. Hayes in a 26-page filing opposing Ferguson’s motion for the court to issue an injunction against the files release. Hayes elaborated that the