Federal Judge Robert Lasnik on Tuesday issued a temporary restraining order against Cody Wilson and his company, Defense Distributed, which would bar the federal government from allowing Wilson's company to distribute 3-D printed gun blueprints. The decision comes after eight states and the District of Columbia, led by Washington State, sued to prevent Wilson's Aug. 1 publishing schedule.
"The judge's rule is clear," Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson said at a news conference. "We go back to the status quo, before the federal government made the disastrous decision to undo these protections for public safety."
This ruling blocked a previous settlement and the Department of Justice made back in June.
Gun control advocates are applauding the decision. Shannon Watts, the founder of Moms Demand Action, tweeted, urging her followers to call their Congressmen:
The Attorneys Generals’ lawsuit, which lead to the temporary injunction, followed a legal roadmap laid out in a legal action filed late last week by @Everytown, the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence and Giffords Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence. https://t.co/Af09rD1s5f— Shannon Watts (@shannonrwatts) July 31, 2018
The court temporarily blocking a company run by a self-proclaimed anarchist from posting more downloadable gun blueprints online until a hearing on August 10.— Shannon Watts (@shannonrwatts) July 31, 2018
In the meantime, we need Congress to do the right thing and pass legislation to permanently block these blueprints from ever being published. Join us to stay informed in this issue; text JOIN to 64433. #StopDownloadableGuns— Shannon Watts (@shannonrwatts) July 31, 2018
Rep. Frank Pallone (D-New Jersey) has already planned to introduce legislation that would completely ban 3-D printed guns all together.