Washington State

Office of the Attorney General

Attorney General

Bob Ferguson

Aug 16 2018

SEATTLE — Washington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson offered the following statement in response to the Trump Administration’s opposition to a preliminary injunction in Ferguson’s multistate, bipartisan lawsuit opposing the deregulation of 3D-printed “ghost guns.”

“President Trump says he objects to making 3D-printed guns widely available to anyone, regardless of whether they’re a felon or a terrorist. Then why is his administration still moving forward to pursue that very policy? Somebody should ask the president who’s really in charge.”

After the states won a temporary restraining order in the case, barring the federal government from lifting regulations on the printable files, President Donald Trump tweeted: “I am looking into 3-D Plastic Guns being sold to the public. Already spoke to NRA, doesn’t seem to make much sense!”

The White House further stated that “the Justice Department made a deal without the President’s approval” and “the President is glad this effort was delayed.”

A hearing on the states' motion for preliminary injunction is set for Aug. 21 in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington.


The Office of the Attorney General is the chief legal office for the state of Washington with attorneys and staff in 27 divisions across the state providing legal services to roughly 200 state agencies, boards and commissions. Visit www.atg.wa.gov to learn more.


Contacts: Brionna Aho, Communications Director, (360) 753-2727; brionna.aho@atg.wa.gov