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NAT’L – GUN NEWS – States Say Federal Rules Allow Proliferation of Ghost Guns

A coalition of states claims there are a few factors the government didn’t consider before issuing new rules regulating 3D-printed guns. Among them: world peace, national security and foreign affairs. In arguments Monday before a three-judge panel of the Ninth Circuit, Washington state Assistant Attorney General Brendan Selby called the unique dangers posed by 3D guns “novel and unprecedented.” The federal government is appealing a preliminary injunction by a federal judge in Seattle, blocking a plan to transfer regulation of 3D-printed guns from the State Department to the Department of Commerce. U.S. District Judge Richard Jones, a George W. Bush appointee, found the plan would allow unlimited distribution of untraceable “ghost guns.” “As the agency’s specific findings in the record show, the proliferation of 3D gun files on the internet likely renders ineffective arms embargoes, export controls, and other measures used to restrict the availability of uniquely dangerous weapons sought by those seeking to commit acts of terrorism or other serious crime — implicates serious national security and public interests,” Jones wrote. Jones’ order blocks the transfer while a lawsuit filed by 21 state attorneys general continues.  [full article]

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