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Trump Asks Judge Not to Block Access to 3-D Gun Instructions

  • If accepted, argument will allow publication of gun blueprints
  • States warn printable, plastic firearms are untraceable
A 3D printed gun, called the "Liberator."

A 3D printed gun, called the "Liberator."

Photographer: Kelly West/AFP via Getty Images

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The Trump administration on Wednesday urged a federal judge not to stand in the way of public access to blueprints for making guns using 3-D printers.

Arguing there’s no legal basis for the State Department to block availability of the instructions on the internet, and no need for such regulation, the government’s position would allow people to make plastic guns at home, bypassing stores and rules and background checks.