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Federal Judge Blocks 3-D Printed Gun Instructions (1)

Aug. 27, 2018, 4:52 PMUpdated: Aug. 27, 2018, 9:57 PM

A federal judge has blocked the State Department from allowing 3-D printed gun instructions to be posted online.

Judge Robert S. Lasnik Aug. 27 granted a request from 19 states and the District of Columbia to halt a legal settlement between the department and Texas nonprofit Defense Distributed over the posting of plastic gun instructions. The department had agreed under the settlement to exclude the instructions from U.S. export controls and allow them to be shared online.

Lasnik’s preliminary injunction order came amid growing pressure from lawmakers to stop the online sharing of instructions for undetectable guns. Senate Democrats have ...