Gov. Wolf, state officials sue to stop manufacturer of 3D printed plastic guns

By Noddy A. Fernandez | Aug 31, 2018

PHILADELPHIA — Gov. Tom Wolf, Attorney General Josh Shapiro and the State Police are suing the maker of plastic guns for allegedly allowing the 3D printing of unlicensed plastic guns that go undetected through metal detectors.

They filed the complaint on July 30, in the U.S. District Court of Eastern District of Pennsylvania against Defense Distributed, Defcad Ghost Gunner and Cody Wilson for an alleged violation of the National Firearms Act and the Pennsylvania  Unfair Trade Practices and Consumer Protection Law.

The defendants allegedly offered 3D printed plastic guns for all Pennsylvania residents including children regardless of age, mental health status, or criminal record for a nominal fee and by just becoming a "member" of Defense Distributed. 

Plaintiffs claim the defendants are facilitating the means for every person to acquire an actual working gun, plastic and undetectable, to whoever downloads and hits the print button on their 3D-printer.

The lawsuit alleges that "everybody [can] have instant access to un-metal-detectable guns, which can result to destruction and harm to Pennsylvania community."

The plaintiffs hold Defense Distributed, Defcad Ghost Gunner and Cody Wilson responsible because the defendants allegedly bypassed established legal requirements to safeguard Pennsylvania residents and communities by allowing users to upload and share computer-.assisted designs, blueprints and drawings for firearms “without restriction"

The plaintiffs request a trial by jury and seek preliminarily and permanently injunction, reasonable costs, and grant all such additional and further relief as this Court deems appropriate. They are represented by Jonathan Scott Goldman, J. Bart Delone and Lauren E. Sulcove of n/a in Harrisburg.

U.S. District Court of Eastern District of Pennsylvania Case number 2:18-cv-03208-PD

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