More than 1k people have downloaded AR-15 3D print plans

More than 1000 people have downloaded the 3D print plans for the AR-15.


Under a court settlement, people aren’t supposed to be able to legally download plans for 3-D printed guns until Wednesday.

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

Shapiro has been fighting to keep 3-D printed guns out of Pennsylvania. At an emergency hearing held over the phone Sunday, the attorney general’s office asked a judge for a restraining order that would block a website run by gun-rights group Defense Distributed from being accessible in Pennsylvania. The group’s site allows people to download plans to make 3-D guns.

At the hearing, Defense Distributed agreed to block Pennsylvania IP addresses for a few days until a more formal hearing could be heldJosh Blackman, a lawyer for Defense Distributed, told CNN on Monday that more than 1,000 AR-15 gun plans have been downloaded but wouldn’t confirm Shapiro’s claim that they were only downloaded since Friday.

“This is a free speech case. This isn’t a gun case,” said Blackman, who challenged Pennsylvania’s efforts to block the downloads. “One state cannot censor the speech of a citizen in another state.”

Now, it is highly unlikely that these people have the 3D printers with the ability to print these plans but it shows the interest that people have in these weapons.

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