A federal judge has rejected the Trump administration’s decision to allow the sharing of 3D-printed gun blueprints. In a ruling released Tuesday, Judge Robert Lasnik said the agreement reached last July was arbitrary and capricious and violated the Federal Administrative Procedure Act and the Constitution.
The original agreement was part of a settlement between the U.S. Department of Justice and Defense Distributed, a Texas nonprofit that claimed to have built the world’s first 100% 3D-printed handgun in 2013, but the blueprint was blocked by the Obama administration. It attracted worldwide attention, but last year Defense Distribute successfully sued the government and lifted the ban, arguing that it was a violation of freedom of speech.
Judge Robert Lasnik’s ruling overturned that decision, and the judge said the previous State Department’s defense against the Department of Defense that “making undetectable firearms poses a threat to world peace and the national security interests of the United States. The decision was delivered as an summary, meaning the case will not be tried, but Defense Distributed said it would still appeal.