A federal judge in Seattle has granted a temporary restraining order blocking a Texas man from releasing downloadable blueprints for 3D-printed plastic firearms.
Trump's State Department, however, is responsible for allowing the postings from Defense Distributed, a Texas group that has fought the federal government for years for the right to put "blueprints" for 3D printed guns online.
The NRA said in a statement that "anti-gun politicians" and some members of the news media had been wrongly claiming 3D printing technology would "allow for the production and widespread proliferation of undetectable plastic firearms".
During the Tuesday hearing in Seattle, Eric Soskin, a lawyer for the U.S. Justice Department, said they reached the settlement to allow Defense Distributed to post the material online because the regulations were created to restrict weapons that could be used in war, and the online guns were no different from the weapons that could be bought in a store.
On Tuesday, before the court decision, the States Department Spokeswoman said, it'll be a hot topic.
Trump also announced over Twitter that he is "looking into" the sale of 3D plastic guns to the public and said he had already spoken to the NRA about it but did not expound on the conversation and neither did Gidley.
Democratic Sen. Chris Murphy (Conn.), known for his passionate support for gun control, responded to Trump's tweet by saying, "Amazing how proud he is to advertise that the NRA calls all the shots".
"There are 3-D printers in public colleges and public spaces and there is the likelihood of potential irreparable harm", Lasnik said at the end of a one-hour hearing on the lawsuit.
Critics say it open up a Pandora's box of what they call ghost guns.
"The age of the downloadable gun formally begins", the company said on its website. Among them were schematics for the Liberator, a single-shot.380-caliber handgun made nearly entirely of 3D-printed plastic.
Maricopa County Sheriff Paul Penzone said allowing the distribution of designs to create guns with 3D printers would be an irresponsible action that couldn't be reversed.
So far, at least 21 state attorneys general have sued Defense Distributed, Wilson said in a Monday tweet. It was downloaded about 100,000 times until the State Department ordered him to cease, contending it violated federal export laws since some of the blueprints were downloaded by people outside the United States.
He added that it didn't "seem to make much sense!". President Donald Trump also questioned whether his administration should have agreed to allow the plans to be posted online.
People can use the blueprints to manufacture a plastic gun using a 3D printer.
A federal judge in Seattle blocked the release of 3D gun design plans Tuesday, a day before the schematics were set to be legally released to the Internet. "The administration supports this almost two-decade old law".