Gun grabbers received a major blow this week, as the Department of Justice settled a three year old law suit related to publishing 3-D files and other information that may be used to manufacture lawful firearms.
The Second Amendment Foundation (SAF) and Defense Distributed filed suit against the former President Obama’s State Department after the government attempted to control an individual’s free speech after he uploaded the 3-D designs to the Internet. The State Department cited a Cold War era law intended to control the export of military articles.
According to Conservative Tribune, inventor Cody Wilson posted blueprints of a handgun called “The Liberator” to his website. Wilson attributed the gun as being “the nation’s first pistol built exclusively on a 3-D printer, constisting of 12 separate parts made from plastic and a single metal firing pin.” The files were downloaded over 100,000 times in two days, before the State Department ordered Wilson to remove them. Two years later, Wilson’s company Defense Distributed joined with SAF to take legal action against the government.
The terms of the settlement agreement included the government waiving its prior restraint against the plaintiffs, clearing the way for them to freely publish 3-D files and other information that could be used to manufacture guns.
AR-15 NOT Considered Military Weapon
A press release by SAF points out the government “expressly acknowledges that non-automatic firearms up to 50-caliber — including modern semi-auto sporting rifles such as the AR-15 and similar firearms — are not inherently military.”
“Not only is this a First Amendment victory for free speech, it also is a devastating blow to the gun prohibition lobby,” noted SAF founder and Executive Vice President Alan M. Gottlieb. “For years, anti-gunners have contended that modern semi-automatic sport-utility rifles are so-called ‘weapons of war,’ and with this settlement, the government has acknowledged they are nothing of the sort.”
I am pleased to announce that a settlement has been reached in @DefDist et al v. @StateDept. (I have served as counsel for @Radomysisky and @2AFDN since 2015). Press release: https://t.co/NnPyBiBJqD I will have more comment about our victory in due time. pic.twitter.com/bV4nSkcKoE
— Josh Blackman (@JoshMBlackman) July 10, 2018
The settlement marks serious victories for the First and Second Amendments to the Constitution. Major pleadings from the case can be downloaded here.