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Judge Blocks Austin Company's Plans To Post 3D-Printed Gun Files

Thursday, September 6, 2018  
Posted by: BOMA Austin
A federal judge in Seattle has agreed to extend an order blocking an Austin-based company from publishing 3-D printable gun designs on the internet. Nineteen states and the District of Columbia had sued the U.S. State Department to block a deal it reached with Defense Distributed that carved out an exception to federal arms export rules — expressly allowing the company to publish plans for the guns. The states argue their residents will be endangered by allowing untraceable gun designs to be distributed online and that the State Department didn't follow proper procedures in creating an exception for the files.

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