The company filed its own suit in Texas on Sunday (Monday NZT), asserting that it's the victim of an "ideologically fueled program of intimidation and harassment" that violates the company's First Amendment rights.
The firearms can be printed without the serial numbers required of licensed manufacturers, leaving the guns invisible to background checks and untraceable by law enforcement, earning them the name ghost guns.
Attorney General Maura Healey is suing the Trump administration for allowing a website to post plans that let people print a gun with a 3D printer. Founder Cody Wilson told The Washington Post that the controversy is about access to information. The lawsuit states that "among these controls are criminal laws, including the Pennsylvania Uniform Firearms Act".
Defense Distributed began sharing some of the files Friday. David Cicilline of Rhode Island and Seth Moulton of MA, said they planned to introduce a bill Tuesday that would prohibit 3D printed plastic guns that can not be detected in standard security screens.
She said it's likely Canada's firearms laws and regulations would cover 3D-printed firearms, but the language may have to be tweaked to make it completely clear.
The activist, Cody Wilson, argued that the ban violated his rights under the US constitution. "I have a question for the Trump Administration: Why are you allowing risky criminals easy access to weapons?"
"Two federal courts agreed with the federal government and the U.S. Supreme Court declined to review the case, instead of continuing to defend the lawsuit that they were winning at every stage... the Trump administration abruptly reversed course", Ferguson said.
The printers needed to make the guns can cost from $5,000 to $600,000, according to Vice News.
He also argues that the State Department's actions violate the Administrative Procedure Act, by neglecting to inform Congress of the changes, in addition to state's rights under the Tenth Amendment.
President TrumpDonald John TrumpClinton maxes out to 19 Democratic House candidates Tucker Carlson slams immigrant lawyer as "citizen of country controlled by conquistadors" Trump highlights praise from judge on reuniting families his administration divided MORE tweeted Tuesday morning that he was "looking into" the issue and that the 3D printing of guns "doesn't make much sense".
Wilson first designed a 3D-printable plastic pistol, called the "Liberator.380", in 2012 and put the plans online.
Under the settlement, Wilson planned to allow free downloads of printable designs on August 1, although the attorney general of Pennsylvania, Josh Shapiro, said Wilson's site made designs available on July 29. The U.S. State Department quickly ordered Wilson to remove his plans, arguing that they violated worldwide arms treaties because the plans were in effect distributing weapons across the world.
He said authorities want to keep firearms out of the hands of people who legally should not have them.
"As a former federal prosecutor, I know untraceable and unregulated 3D-printed guns present a real danger to the residents of Seattle". But due to the pending legal battle, Wilson has chose to abide by the cease-and-desist orders, and will not make DEFCAD available in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Los Angeles.