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Legal bid to keep 3D-printer gun plans off internet


Twenty US states and the District of Columbia are suing the Trump administration to block what they called its latest effort to allow blueprints for making guns from 3-D printers to be released on the internet.

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The complaint was filed on Thursday with the federal court in Seattle, after the government published final agency rules earlier in the day allowing the necessary files to be posted, the states said.

In November, a federal judge in Seattle struck down an earlier administration effort to allow blueprints to be posted, citing the State Department’s prior view that it could threaten foreign policy and national security by enabling criminals, including terrorists, to obtain firearms.

The State Department and the Department of Justice, which represented that agency in the earlier case, did not immediately respond to requests for comment.


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