A US judge blocked release of 3D gun blueprints amid uproar - in a last ditch effort to stop a settlement President Donald Trump 's administration had reached with the company releasing the digital documents.

Eight states and the District of Columbia, which houses the capital Washington, had filed a law-suit against the federal government, calling its settlement with Texas based Defense Distributed  ''arbitrary and capricious''.

The Trump administration had settled a five-year legal fight be permitting the company to publish its website Defcad - which founder Cody Wilson envisioned as a Wikileaks for homemade firearms called ''ghost guns''.

Those weapons can be manufactured using 3D printers or personal steel mills, and lack traceable serial numbers. At least one of the guns can also be made from plastic, which is virtually invisible to metal detectors.

US District Judge Robert Lasnik in Seattle, Washington granted the plaintiffs motion for a temporary restraining order blocking the release of the digital plans, and scheduled a hearing for later.

In a written statement, New York Attorney General Barbara Underwood, one of the plaintiffs, called the ruling ''a major victory for common sense and public safety.''

''As we argued in the suit we filed yesterday, it is - simply - crazy to give untraceable , undetectable 3D printed guns at the touch of a button. Yet that's exactly what the Trump administration decided to allow.

As  uproar mounted one Tuesday last, the White House expressed skepticism over the legality of Wilson's efforts, even though the administration had  green-lighted  the project.

Trump weighed in in Twitter, revealing that he had spoken to America's main pro-gun lobby, the  National Rifle Association, about the topic.

''I am looking into 3-D Plastic Guns being sold to the public,''  the president said. Already spoke to NRA  doesn't seem to make much sense!''

White House spokesman Hogan Gidley expanded on the president's  comments later told reporters, ''It is currently illegal to own or make o wholly plastic gun of any kind - including those made on a  3D  printer. The administration supports this nearly two-decade old law.''

Twenty-three Democratic senators later introduced a bill designed to block the publication of 3D printable firearms blueprints.

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