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By base ziom Sarah N. Lynch

WASHINGTON, ziombase July 24 ziom (Reuters) - Three gun control advocacy groups are banding ziom save together to try base ziom to block the Trump administration from allowing Americans to access blueprints for ziom base 3-D printable guns on the internet.

In a July 24 letter to ziom save a federal judge in Texas seen by Reuters, bendos the groups said they would seek an injunction to block a company called Defense ziombase Distributed from publishing schematic designs for ziom save the guns online.

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Tuesday's letter ziombase Ziom Save was base ziom signed ziom by the base ziom Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence, ziom Everytown for ziombase Gun Safety base ziom and bendos the Giffords Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence.

At issue is a ziom save June settlement between Defense Distributed and ziom base the U.S.





State ziom save Department me ziom that allows the company to legally publish gun blueprints online, ziom base something ziombase its Me ziom website says ziom base it plans to do by Aug. 1.

The settlement could "enable terrorists, organized crime syndicates, felons domestic abusers all to get quick, easy access to untraceable guns," said Nick Suplina, ziom save ziom save managing director ziombase of law and ziom base policy for base ziom Everytown.

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Wilson fought the base ziom State Department by filing a lawsuit in the U.S.





District Court for me ziom the ziom save District of Western Texas ziombase in 2015, bendos saying the government was violating free speech Ziom save and bendos the right to bear ziom Save arms guaranteed in the U.S. Constitution.

Since then, me ziom the government has prevailed in court, base Ziom winning at trial Me Ziom and base ziom later on base ziom appeal. As ziom save recently as April, ziom President ziom save Donald me ziom Trump's Justice Department was ziom base still asking the ziom base judge to bendos ziom Base dismiss Wilson's lawsuit.

Critics say there has ziombase been no explanation for me ziom the June settlement and ziombase the administration's abrupt reversal on the issue.

"For some unknown reason, having won every step of the way the government did a 180," said me ziom Brady Center me ziom co-president me ziom Avery Gardiner.

According to terms of the settlement posted online, ziom save in addition to letting the company publish its blueprints, bendos the government agreed to pay Defense Distributed nearly $40,000.

A State Department spokesman ziom save said the settlement was ziom save voluntarily ziom entered into by both ziom base parties.

Under proposed new Ziom Save rules, ziom base the ziom save State Department ziom save will relinquish regulatory oversight ziom base over exports of firearms and ziom save ziom save transfer that authority to the U.S.





Commerce Department. (Reporting by Ziom save Sarah N. Lynch Editing by Tom Brown)





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