Texas Company Will Send 3D-Printable Gun Files Directly To Customers

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Nineteen states and the District of Columbia had sought an injunction to stop a settlement that the federal government reached with Wilson's Austin-based Defense Distributed.

The injunction places the federal government's policy change on hold, preserving for now the previous status quo that made distributing CAD files for 3D printing guns a violation of global munitions export rules.

A group of 19 USA states and the District of Columbia sued the US government in July, arguing that publishing the blueprints would allow criminals easy access to weapons.

"Anyone who wants these files is going to get them", Wilson told reporters.

Defense Distributed founder Cody Wilson announced during a rare media appearance Tuesday that he has begun selling 3-D printable firearms files online.

Andy Reuss, a US Department of Justice spokesman, declined to comment.

On Monday, US District Judge Robert Lasnik in Seattle blocked Defense Distributed from posting the blueprints online, saying, "It is the untraceable and undetectable nature of these small firearms that poses a unique danger". In addition, he's encouraging other gun enthusiasts to join his platform and start selling their own firearm blueprints, where they'll receive a 50 percent cut of all sales.

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Speaking to Fox News in July, Wilson described current 3-D printed guns as "mostly curiosities", and said that the "big" and "bulky" characteristics of the weapons would help identify them. The states argued that public access to the guns would present a security risk. "That's the most legal thing for us to do, but of course that's only ever been our mission as a company", said Wilson, who is still under a federal injunction. The federal judge on Monday granted a motion to extend that ban until that case is resolved.

According to Wilson, his press conference was created to correct media misinformation and headlines that state downloadable guns are now illegal, something Wilson said has never been the case.

In the meantime, Wilson chose to work around the court order and share the files on DEFCAD as buyable goods, with each listed at $10 per file. He said the "undetectable nature of these small firearms" makes them especially unsafe.

Wilson also said he will continue to challenge the federal court order.

At times brash and smug, Wilson pointed to one line in Judge Lasnik's decision that he said allowed him to legally sell the blueprints. "If they don't, President Trump will be responsible for anyone who is hurt or killed as a result of these weapons". "I'll sell them. I'll ship them".

Wilson added that he didn't expected to make any money off the product.

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