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7 states sue Trump administration over 3D-printed guns

A 3D printed gun figure is displayed during the 3D Prints Design Show at Javits Center, in New York, on April 16, 2015. Photo: Cem Ozdel/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images
A 3D printed gun figure is displayed during the 3D Prints Design Show at Javits Center, in New York, on April 16, 2015. Photo: Cem Ozdel/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images

Washington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson is leading a multi-state lawsuit filed Monday against the Trump administration for allowing blueprints for 3D-printed guns to be released online starting Aug. 1.

The details: The legal challenge in federal court is seeking a nationwide temporary restraining order to prohibit the government from lifting export controls for the blueprints and to prevent Texas-based pro-gun group Defense Distributed from posting the downloadable gun files online. The federal government reached a settlement with the group after a legal battle earlier this year, allowing anyone to download and print guns, including AR-15s, without being traced or subjected to background checks online.