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Trump Administration Loses Battle Over 3D-Printed Guns Online

Nov. 12, 2019, 8:35 PM

The Trump administration broke a federal law when it reached a settlement allowing a small gun-technology company to publish digital blueprints for 3D-printed guns online, a judge ruled.

U.S. District Judge Robert Lasnik in Seattle ruled on Tuesday that the administration violated the federal Administrative Procedure Act by reversing an Obama-era State Department position on Defense Distributed’s publishing of computer-aided design files for guns without a proper explanation, making the new policy “arbitrary and capricious.”

“Given the agency’s prior position regarding the need to regulate 3D-printed firearms and the CAD files used to manufacture them, it must do more ...