Judge Robert Lasnik of the U.S. District Court in Seattle stated in a recent ruling that the Trump administration’s decision last year to allow a Texas company to post blueprints online for 3D-printed guns was a violation of federal law, according to CBS News. Lasnik went further by stating in his ruling that the Trump administration’s decision failed to notify Congress in advance, prior to making the ruling.
“In addition, the decision failed to provide a reasoned explanation of the change in the previous policy,” stated Lasnik in his ruling. The decision in dispute was regarding the State Department’s reversal of an earlier decision to ban the posting of gun blueprints, a ruling originated under the Obama administration. According to the Obama administration at the time, the blueprints for guns were in violation of federal export laws since they could be downloaded and printed by people outside of the United States.