Skip to comments.DOJ, SAF Reach Settlement In Defense Distributed Lawsuit (Defense Distributed)
Posted on 07/10/2018 1:27:20 PM PDT by servo1969
BELLEVUE, Wash., July 10, 2018 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Department of Justice and Second Amendment Foundation have reached a settlement in SAF's lawsuit on behalf of Cody Wilson and Defense Distributed over free speech issues related to 3-D files and other information that may be used to manufacture lawful firearms.
SAF and Defense Distributed had filed suit against the State Department under the Obama administration, challenging a May 2013 attempt to control public speech as an export under the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR), a Cold War-era law intended to control exports of military articles.
Under terms of the settlement, 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 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.
Significantly, the government expressly acknowledges that non-automatic firearms up to .50-caliber including modern semi-auto sporting rifles such as the popular 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.
"Under this settlement," he continued, "the government will draft and pursue regulatory amendments that eliminate ITAR control over the technical information at the center of this case. They will transfer export jurisdiction to the Commerce Department, which does not impose prior restraint on public speech. That will allow Defense Distributed and SAF to publish information about 3-D technology."
The Second Amendment Foundation (www.saf.org) is the nation's oldest and largest tax-exempt education, research, publishing and legal action group focusing on the Constitutional right and heritage to privately own and possess firearms. Founded in 1974, The Foundation has grown to more than 600,000 members and supporters and conducts many programs designed to better inform the public about the consequences of gun control.
Sorry. The title was supposed to say-
DOJ, SAF Reach Settlement In Defense Distributed Lawsuit (3D Printed Firearms)
This is so great. I and a bunch of other bloggers published the 3D files for guns on our sites, daring the Obama commies to come after us, knowing that this case would eventually be won. Thank God sanity has prevailed. Ding Dong, the wicked, dope-smoking witch Obama is GONE!
Hurrah! This is good news ... very good indeed.
Note to self: Donation to SAF.org.
FANTASTIC news! Now anyone with a computer, some basic equipment and some basic supplies can build a firearm - which means that there can NEVER be a confiscation that works.
Now all that DD and others need to do is get the quality level up to somewhere near what conventional gun manufacturers have, and we’ll be cooking with gas.
I could not think of a better result for both the 1st and 2nd Amendments - which is to say, I couldn’t think of a more freedom-oriented result. Thanks to DD and SAF for fighting our evil overlords on this issue!!!
This is a very big deal. Not only is this a big win for free speech, but for the Second Amendment as well.
In addition, export of firearms (and presumably, import) will now fall under the Commerce Department, not the State Department.
A very big deal.
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It took about 5 tries to get the site to come up and then it was so slow as to be useless. This suggests that either their bandwidth or servers are being overwhelmed or someone (I can't imagine who) is blocking their traffic
Lots more info here at a site that can’t be posted on FR.
HINT- sounds like hired.com
Has anyone here built a gun with Ghost Gunner or similar projects? FReepmail if you don’t want to be public. I am curious what were the results and would you use them again. And the difficulty level. Mostly curious about 80% build ups of AR-10.
I read the Wired article yesterday. You could definitely see the writer’s bias at points, but the article still contains an enormous amount of useful information about this case and Defense Distributed.
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