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Underwood announces preliminary injunction continuing to block the distribution of 3-D printed gun files

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NEW YORK, N.Y. -- Attorney General Barbara D. Underwood released the following statement after a federal judge granted a preliminary injunction in Attorney General Underwood and her fellow AGs' ongoing lawsuit, which seeks to block the Trump administration from allowing the distribution of 3-D printed gun files:

"In yet another victory for common sense and public safety, today a federal court granted our motion for a nationwide preliminary injunction – continuing to block the Trump administration from allowing the distribution of 3-D printed gun files. This decision follows the temporary restraining order we secured last month.

As the court pointed out, we filed suit because of the legitimate fear that adding these undetectable and untraceable guns to the arsenal of available weaponry will only increase the threat of gun violence against our communities.

My office will continue to do what's necessary to protect New Yorkers and ensure our public safety. I thank Attorney General Ferguson and our fellow Attorneys General for our ongoing, successful partnership on this and so much more."

The court's opinion states in part, "The plaintiff States and the District of Columbia, as sovereigns, represent more than 160 million people, many of whom have seen the threat level of their daily lives increase year after year.

The District of Columbia, New York, California, Virginia, Maryland, Minnesota, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania have all endured assassinations or assassination attempts. School shootings involving students of all ages have occurred in Colorado, Oregon, Washington, Connecticut, Illinois, California, Virginia, Pennsylvania, North Carolina, Massachusetts, Maryland, Iowa, Hawaii, Minnesota, New York, and New Jersey during the past twenty years. During the same time frame, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Illinois, Minnesota, Hawaii, Massachusetts, Maryland have experienced workplace shootings with multiple victims. And, of course, hijackers were able to crash airplanes into fields and buildings in Pennsylvania, New York, and the District of Columbia/Virginia in 2001. Plaintiffs have a legitimate fear that adding undetectable and untraceable guns to the arsenal of weaponry already available will likely increase the threat of gun violence they and their people experience."

Click here to read the full preliminary injunction.