ALBANY, N.Y. (NEWS10) – The New York Attorney General’s Office announced it will file a lawsuit against the Trump Administration to block the distribution of materials that enable people to print guns on 3D printers.
The lawsuit will be filed in court by the attorney generals in Washington, Massachusetts, Connecticut, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Oregon, Maryland, and the District of Columbia.
“It is, simply, crazy to give criminals the tools to build untraceable, undetectable 3-D printed guns at the touch of a button. Yet that’s exactly what the Trump administration is allowing,” said Attorney General Underwood. “We won’t stand by as New Yorkers’ safety is jeopardized by this abrupt about-face by the federal government.”
In 2015, Defense Distributed sued the federal government after the U.S. State Department forced the removal of instructional manuals off the internet.
In June, the federal government reversed course and settled the case. As part of the settlement, the Trump Administration will allow the instructional materials to be available to anyone.
Defense Distributed says it will upload the files to the internet beginning on August 1.
The Attorney General’s Office says the lawsuit alleges that the Trump Administration violated the Administrative Procedure Act and the 10th Amendment. It will also ask the court for a nationwide temporary restraining order.