A U.S. judge has blocked the Trump administration from allowing a company to post online plans for making untraceable 3D guns.
Nineteen states and the District of Columbia had sought an injunction to stop a settlement that the government had reached with Austin, Texas-based Defense Distributed.
The states argued that online access to the undetectable plastic guns would pose a security risk and could be acquired by felons or terrorists.
Seattle-based U.S. District Judge Robert Lasnik agreed Monday to the proposed risk.
The State Department had reached the deal with the company after the agency removed the 3D gun-making plans from a list of weapons or technical data that are not allowed to be exported.