Defense Distributed on Beating Back DOJ Censorship of DIY Firearms: ‘The era of the downloadable gun has formally begun’

Defense Distributed on Beating Back DOJ Censorship of DIY Firearms: ‘The era of the downloadable gun has formally begun’

Wilson brings us the “Ghost Gunner,” a 3D printing gun-making machine. (Photo: Wilson) With help from the Second Amendment Foundation, Defense Distributed and Cody Wilson are back. Wilson first made waves in 2012 when he launched Defense Distributed, a repository for 3D-printed gun designs. The Department of Defense, under President Barack Obama, shut down Defense Distributed in 2013 for allegedly violating export restrictions. Wired magazine repeatedly called Wilson one of the “Most Dangerous” people alive. Wilson fought back in court and won . This is a major First and Second Amendment victory, for both gun ownership and free speech. “Not only is this a First Amendment victory for free speech, it also is a devastating blow to the gun prohibition lobby,” said SAF founder and Alan 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.” Under this settlement, the government will draft amendments that eliminate ITAR control over technical data that is central to this case. They will shift jurisdiction to the Commerce Department and allow Defense Distributed to publish 3D-printer blueprints. “All credit due to Matthew Goldstein, Alan Gura and Josh Blackman,” Wilson told GunsAmerica.com. “The era of the downloadable gun has formally begun. If you want more, become a member of Defense Distributed at defdist.org .” Defense Distributed will resume sharing files for printing firearms and firearm components. Most of these, especially the “dangerous” parts, are […]

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