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    Blueprints for 3D-printed guns banned online

    AW1Ed | November 13, 2019

    A Seattle Federal Judge has found the Trump administration’s decision last year to allow a Texas company to post blueprints online for 3D-printed guns, as illegal. Judge Robert Lasnik of Seattle’s U.S. District Court ruled that the Trump administration violated federal law to notify Congress in advance, and failing to provide a “reasoned explanation” of the change in previous policy.
    Sorry Your Honor, technology is a genie that won’t go back into the bottle.

    In July 2018 the State Department reversed an earlier decision, made under the Obama administration, to ban posting of the gun blueprints. The Obama State Department had deemed the blueprints to be in violation of federal export laws, as they were downloaded by people outside the U.S. Soon after the Trump State Department changed tack on that, 19 states and Washington D.C. sued the Trump administration to block the reversal and keep the free gun blueprints off the internet.

    It was Judge Lasnik who issued a restraining order in the summer of 2018 to ban the continued free online distribution of the instructions to print the difficult to detect, untraceable guns.

    But Cody Wilson, a gun rights campaigner and owner of Defense Distributed, the Texas company that publishes the blueprints, has used a loophole since that order to keep distributing his computer-aided design (CAD) gun plans — albeit in a more limited manner.

    Lasnik’s restraining order barred the free publication of the blueprints, temporarily blocking the State Department’s move to allow the online postings, but Wilson was still allowed to sell the files to U.S. residents individually, and he told CBS News he had continued to do so as “a matter of principle.”

    Free thought, free expression and free enterprise, wrapped in the text of the Second Amendment. This will be entertaining to watch as it crawls through the courts. Read the rest of the article here: CBS News

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    uh, they do know those prints are already out there, right...closing the barn door after the horses have left is pointless...
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    @Auntifa,,,when the shooting starts, don't run, you'll only die tired...


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    Can't let the people have access to anything which would allow the average person to defend oneself.

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    This could remain controversial for a long time to come. It reminds me of a story a few years ago, from Wyoming. A guy had built his own machine gun. ATF agents rushed out from DC to arrest him. The local Sheriff was waiting, and he arrested them. The law says you can do it, as long as the gun never crosses State lines and is not offered for sale.
    Rutabaga is right too. You can't put the Genie back in the bottle.

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    Quote Originally Posted by someguy View Post
    The law says you can do it, as long as the gun never crosses State lines and is not offered for sale.
    No, actually the federal government put a "$200 tax" on it, begun in 1934. Some believe this is a warped interpretation of the Constitution, just an excuse to implement gun control on a national level, but that's been the law.

    Apparently it's been a compromise most gun rights activists have been able to make, even if it does set a troubling Constitutional precedent.

    However, actually trying to ban information is an even more concerning, and many would say far more outrageous precedent.

    Also, so far these 3D printed guns are mostly a moot point because they don't tend to work very well, being made out of the printed plastic that they are. Someone might only get off one or two shots before the plastic cracks. They tend not to be very accurate, and can even often be dangerous for the person using it because the plastic is not very strong.
    (Not to mention no criminal is going to pay $4000 for a printer just so they could make one of these guns that don't work very well)

    Besides the widespread public misperceptions about these facts, the main reason for the controversy has to do with the principles of the matter.

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    What a sick joke the media gets exercised over printed guns. The tech is incredibly expensive and the guns are highly unstable and most likely can't be fired more than one time.

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