A federal judge in Austin denied on Friday a motion from three gun control groups seeking a temporary restraining order and preliminary injunction to stop a gun rights activist from publishing downloadable blueprints online that can be used to manufacture 3D-printed guns.
The Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, Everytown for Gun Safety Action Fund, Inc. and the Giffords Law Center filed a motion for an emergency hearing on Wednesday as a last-minute effort to stop Cody Wilson and his Austin-based nonprofit, Defense Distributed, from publishing the weapon schematics, court documents say.
The gun control groups argued that the creation of “untraceable and undetectable weapons” would threaten national security.
“Once these files are published on the internet, United States national security and its citizens will be irreparably harmed,” the groups argued in their Wednesday filing.
Wilson initially posted the plans for a 3D-printed handgun in 2013, but federal authorities ordered him to take them down. He complied but sued the federal government two years later.
The multi-year lawsuit was settled on June 28 after the plaintiffs, Defense Distributed and the Second Amendment Foundation, and the defendants, the U.S. Department of State, former Secretary of State John Kerry and the Directorate of Defense Trade Controls, reached a settlement agreement.
The terms of the agreement allow Wilson to publish and sell files that can be used to print firearms with a 3D-printer.
United States District Court Judge Robert Pitman said Friday that the court found the gun control groups’ “interest in this action is too generalized to establish entitlement to intervention by right,” court documents say.
Wilson and his company plan to republish their downloadable blueprints on Aug. 1, according to their website.