Next week, anyone can make plastic-bodied guns at home for just a few hundred dollars each.
In the lawsuit filed Monday, the attorneys general claimed that this "temporary modification" violates the Administrative Procedure Act because, the states claim, "there is no indication in the Settlement Agreement (or elsewhere) that any analysis, study or determination was made by the Government Defendants, in consultation with other agencies, before the Government agreed to remove" the files from Category I of the USA munitions list.
Twenty-one state attorneys general sent a letter Monday to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Attorney General Jeff Sessions, urging the government to withdraw from the settlement.
Along with Washington state, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Oregon, Maryland, and the District of Columbia are working on finalizing the lawsuit and plan on filing it later on Monday, Ferguson said.
"This is an imminent threat to public safety and violates the law".
In Pennsylvania, state officials Sunday won a temporary agreement from Defense Distributed to bar state residents from downloading the plans.
"This isn't a gun case", said Blackman, who challenged Pennsylvania's efforts to block the downloads.
Cody Wilson, founder of Defense Distributed.
"I'm not anxious for me, I'm anxious for the people of Pennsylvania, which is creating bad laws for their citizens", Wilson said Monday.
But because designs for the guns have already been posted online, by Sunday more than 1,000 people had already downloaded plans to print an AR-15-style semiautomatic assault rifle, according to the office of Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro.
Wilson sued in 2015, arguing that his weapons' plans were a form of speech and that his First Amendment rights were being stifled. A lawyer for the company during a court hearing on Friday said legal requests to halt the publication of the blueprints were an attempt to litigate a political dispute in court.
"The federal government is trying to allow access to online plans that will allow anyone to anonymously build their own downloadable, untraceable, and undetectable gun", Healey said in a statement.
In fact, the site began offering the plans late last week, and by early Monday evening, blueprints for 3D printed AR-15 semi-automatic rifles had been downloaded more than 2,500 times, according to Wilson.
The firearms can be printed without the serial numbers required of licensed manufacturers, leaving the guns invisible to background checks and untraceable by law enforcement, earning them the name ghost guns. The suit argues that the weapons assist terrorists and criminals, and essentially nullify state gun control laws.
But the administration of U.S. President Donald Trump had failed to adequately explain why it settled the case and allowed the publication of the blueprints, Ferguson said. On Capitol Hill, two Democratic congressman, Reps.
The 3D-blueprints were removed from the site in 2013 because the government said it violated worldwide regulation laws, but eventually surrendered, concluding 3D-gun blueprints count as constitutionally protected speech.
In July, the government reached a settlement with the company and waived the 2013 decision, allowing the company to move forward with their DEFCAD project. The deadline for action was originally supposed to be midnight tonight, but apparently, the files became available last night.