Federal government declares AR-15s are not “weapons of war” as gun rights opponents frequently claim

Federal government declares AR-15s are not “weapons of war” as gun rights opponents frequently claim

For years, anti-gun Democrats have attempted to mischaracterize semi-automatic rifles that resemble actual military rifles as “weapons of war,” but in a recent settlement with a 3-D firearms maker, the federal government has admitted that’s not an accurate depiction. As Breitbart News reported, the federal government has reached a settlement with Defense Distributed , a non-profit, private defense company “principally engaged in the research, design, development, and manufacture of products and services for the benefit of the American rifleman.” Earlier this month, Breitbart reported that Defense Distributed and the Second Amendment Foundation had settled with the Department of Justice which allowed for the uninhibited publication of 3-D gun files and other information as a First Amendment freedom of speech issue. SAF filed suit on the firms’ behalf in May 2015 after the Obama administration issued a mandate prohibiting them from publishing the files online. “The government has agreed to waive its prior restraint against the plaintiffs, allowing them to freely publish the 3-D files and other information at issue,” the SAF said in a statement sent to the news site. “The government has also agreed to pay a significant portion of the plaintiffs’ attorney’s fees, and to return $10,000 in State Department registration dues paid by Defense Distributed as a result of the prior restraint.” SAF founder and executive vice president Alan Gottlieb said of the settlement: Not only is this a First Amendment victory for free speech, it also is a devastating blow to the gun prohibition lobby. […]

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