The plastic weapons require high-end printers and are known to blow up in shooters’ hands – but they could pose a future threat

As the day has neared for the release of blueprints for printing 3D weapons, there has been a flurry of last-minute activity and expressions of concern from US lawmakers. Even the president weighed in with a Tuesday morning tweet that seemed to question his own administration: “I am looking into 3-D Plastic Guns being sold to the public. Already spoke to NRA, doesn’t seem to make much sense!”

And now, in the last hours, a federal judge in Seattle has issued a temporary restraining order to stop Cody Wilson, who produced the world’s first 3D-printed gun in 2013, from making his controversial plans available for download.

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