"When it comes to something as basic as public safety, our State Department's saying, hey, this is a giveaway for terrorists", said Bob Ferguson, Washington Attorney General.
The company said in court that they began distributing gun files early and that 1,000 people had downloaded 3-D plans for AR-15s since Friday.
The two sides reached an agreement in June but details of the settlement didn't emerge until mid-July. It also agreed to not upload any new 3-D gun files online. The cease and desist letter claimed that New Jersey would take legal action by August 1st if Defense Distributed refused their demands. That same day Wilson and the Second Amendment Foundation filed a preemptive suit against New Jersey Attorney General Gurbir S. Grewal and L.A. City Attorney Michael Feuer, claiming the alleged intents of both men portend a violation of Wilson's First Amendment rights via "unconstitutional prior restraint".
The era of the downloadable gun is here.
Ferguson, who said he has filed 32 lawsuits against the Trump Administration, said that the lawsuit would also argue that the Trump Administration violated the Administrative Procedure Act, which governs how the government creates public policy.
"I have a question for the Trump Administration: Why are you allowing unsafe criminals easy access to weapons?"
"The harm to Pennsylvanians would have been immediate and irreversible", Shapiro said in a statement.
"These downloadable guns are unregistered and very hard to detect, even with metal detectors, and will be available to anyone regardless of age, mental health or criminal history", Ferguson said in the press release. In 2015, the weapon designer, which was joined by a gun rights organization, sued after the US State Department forced the removal of the instruction manuals from the internet.
"This unprecedented move is not only disastrous for public safety but undermines our state laws meant to keep firearms out of the hands of unsafe individuals".
The plastic weapons would be untraceable and wouldn't require a background check.
The letter argued the plans will let terrorists, criminals and individuals seeking to do harm have "unfettered access to print and manufacture unsafe firearms".
"It is, simply, insane to give criminals the tools to build untraceable, undetectable 3D-printed guns at the touch of a button". In an interview Sunday, Wilson's attorney, Josh Blackman, compared the state government's attempts to block his client's website to the Pentagon Papers case, in which the Nixon administration unsuccessfully tried to stop the New York Times and The Washington Post from publishing the contents of the leaked Vietnam War report.
"I am now being sued by 21 state attorneys general". "This is the fight", he said.