Twenty-one states have formed a coalition to challenge the Trump administration’s latest effort to allow 3D-printed gun files to be released on the internet, KEPR-TV News reports.
Bob Ferguson, the attorney general of Washington state, announced his state will lead the coalition in a new federal lawsuit.
The Trump administration has proposed transferring authority of some small arms and ammunition exports from the U.S. Department of State to the Commerce Department, a move that would relax regulations that have previously prevented the 3D-printed gun blueprints from being posted online.
Ferguson said the lawsuit will be filed as soon as the new rules are finalized in the coming days.
The legal strategy echoes a move Ferguson’s office led in a previous challenge of the rules before the administration moved to formalize them. 3D-printed guns, otherwise known as ghost guns, can be manufactured at home from plastics and lack serial numbers, making them virtually untraceable to law enforcement.
As mainstream social media and other websites roll out a ban on sharing plans for 3D-printed guns, enthusiasts say the lockouts are in vain because the community will always spring up elsewhere, The Trace reported last summer.
“Filling me with spite only makes me work harder,” wrote a user known as IvanTheTroll, in a discussion thread about the shutdown at Reddit earlier this month.
A number of alternative sites have already emerged, one of which distributes a Glock magazine dubbed the “Menendez mag” after the New Jersey senator who is pushing the major tech platforms to clamp down on 3D gun blueprints.