A Ninth Circuit panel on Tuesday lifted restrictions on exporting blueprints for 3D-printed guns.
The ruling comes as the Biden administration has promised a crackdown on so-called “ghost guns,” or any homemade firearm without a serial number.
The divided Ninth Circuit panel lifted a court order against two Trump-era rules that make it easier to share blueprints for 3D-printed guns, Courthouse News Service reported Tuesday.
In July 2018, the Trump administration settled a lawsuit with Defense Distributed, agreeing to remove 3D-printed gun blueprints from the State Department’s list of regulated munitions. Defense Distributed released the specs online the following month, notably making any efforts to block the dissemination of the files futile, and therefore making Tuesday’s ruling effectively redundant.
The decision overturned an injunction issued by U.S. District Judge Robert Lasni, according to Courthouse News Service. Lasni “had blocked two rules that transferred regulatory control of 3D-printed gun files from the State Department to the Commerce Department. The rules also removed ghost gun