Federal Judge Blocks Posting of 3D Gun Plans


Federal Judge Blocks Posting of 3D Gun Plans

Well, that figures. The Washington Post is reporting that plans for printing 3D guns — which were supposed to become widely available — cannot in fact be posted online.

A federal judge has blocked the public availability of blueprints that provide instructions for making guns using 3-D printers, just hours before the documents were expected to be published online.

U.S. District Court Judge Robert S. Lasnik granted a temporary restraining order Tuesday night barring a trove of downloadable information about creating the do-it-yourself weapons.

Eight attorneys general and the District of Columbia argued that the instructions posed a national security threat. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) on Tuesday also issued a cease-and-desist order against the man who was scheduled to post them online.

How moronic can you get? A national security threat? This would in fact present the opposite of that, by allowing more people to remain safe from harm and able to defend the USA in case of attack.

Apparently, big government sees its own citizens as a threat to its continued existence.

Ignorance rules the day, as it so often does when guns and government come together. Claims that “untraceable, undetectable 3-D printed guns” can be built by “criminals… at the touch of a button.”

Of course, this isn’t true. Therefore, people believe it.

Cody Wilson, who caused all the uproar in the first place when he created and fired a 3D-[rinted gun back in 2013, was the victim of the restraining order.

Josh Blackman, a lawyer who represents Cody Wilson, the founder of the nonprofit that planned to post the instructions, said the restraining order violates protected First Amendment rights.

‘We were disappointed in the ruling and view it as a massive prior restraint of free speech,’ Blackman said.

Let’s talk for a second about “secrets.” The article contains this statement:

The technology could herald an era of DIY guns that can be produced — and amassed — in secret.

Possibly. And how is that a problem? In a free society, it is most assuredly not a problem. It’s nobody’s business how many cars, tractors, lawnmowers, or guns anybody else may own.

In fact, I would argue that citizens of a nation — and the nations itself as a whole — can only benefit from a complete and total lack of knowledge of who has guns and where they are.

Our society has been conditioned to believe the opposite, but look around. As gun laws have become more and more strict and government has gained more and more knowledge of who buys guns and when (along with numerous other invasions of privacy), civil unrest has only grown. Violent crime has increased. And mistrust of an ever-expanding central government is high.

We have more gun laws — and fewer secrets — than ever, and things have only gotten worse.


Yeah, I know I’m a dreamer. But it sure would be nice if our government would trust us. Then maybe we could think about trusting them again.

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Editor & Contributing Writer Russ Chastain is a lifelong hunter and shooter who has spent his life learning about hunting, shooting, guns, ammunition, gunsmithing, reloading, and bullet casting. He started toting his own gun in the woods at age nine and he's pursued deer with rifles since 1982, so his hunting knowledge has been growing for more than three and a half decades. His desire and ability to share this knowledge with others has also grown, and Russ has been professionally writing and editing original hunting & shooting content since 1998. Russ Chastain has a passion for sharing accurate, honest, interesting hunting & shooting knowledge and stories with people of all skill levels.

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