At Fox News: Here’s why restrictions on 3D guns would violate the First Amendment as well as the Second

At Fox News: Here’s why restrictions on 3D guns would violate the First Amendment as well as the Second

Gun Rights

Dr. John Lott has a new piece up at Fox News on the continuing debate over 3D printers. Gun control advocates don’t just have a problem with the Second Amendment – they also have real problems with the First Amendment. In an era when people can use 3D metal printers to make guns, does the First Amendment protect a book detailing a gun manufacturing process – but not computer file that does the same thing? The question has become particularly urgent. The computer programs that tell 3D printers how to produce these guns are scheduled to be legally downloadable Wednesday. Late Monday, Democratic attorneys general in eight states and the District of Columbia filed for an emergency injunction to stop the legal downloads. They argue these programs will have a “great detriment of the public and public safety.” Even President Trump weighed in with a tweet Tuesday saying: “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 courts have previously weighed in on a similar First Amendment question. In 2010, the Supreme Court found that the First Amendment protects violent video games in the same way that newspapers and books are protected. A 2001 decision, by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, said : “Communication does not lose constitutional protection as ‘speech’ simply because it is expressed in the language of computer code.” If you believe gun control advocates, 3D printers will […]

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