• Court victory legalizes 3D-printable gun blueprints

    A multi-year legal battle over the ability to distribute computer models of gun parts and replicate them in 3D printers has ended in defeat for government authorities who sought to prevent the practice. Cody Wilson, the gunmaker and free speech advocate behind the lawsuit, now intends to expand his operations, providing printable gun blueprints to all who desire them.
    The longer story of the lawsuit is well told by Andy Greenberg over at Wired, but the decision is eloquent on its own. The fundamental question is whether making 3D models of gun components available online is covered by the free speech rights granted by the First Amendment.
    This is a timely but complex conflict because it touches on two themes that happen to be, for many, ethically contradictory. Arguments for tighter restrictions on firearms are, in this case, directly opposed to arguments for the unfettered exchange of information on the internet. It's hard to advocate for both here: restricting firearms and restricting free speech are one and the same.
    That at least seems to be conclusion of the government lawyers, who settled Wilson's lawsuit after years of court battles. In a copy of the settlement provided to me by Wilson, the U.S. government agrees to exempt "the technical data that is the subject of the Action" from legal restriction. The modified rules should appear in the Federal Register soon.
    What does this mean? It means that a 3D model that can be used to print the components of a working firearm is legal to own and legal to distribute. You can likely even print it and use the product — you just can't sell it. There are technicalities to the law here (certain parts are restricted, but can be sold in an incomplete state, etc) but the implications as regards the files themselves seems clear.

    https://finance.yahoo.com/news/court...231943763.html


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    1. devil21's Avatar
      devil21 -
      Has 3D printing technology advanced to the point where this matters anymore?

      Gun prints in the past resulted in very mixed and unreliable results and in most cases were only good for a "temporary" (read: assassination) firearm.
    1. Swordsmyth's Avatar
      Swordsmyth -
      Quote Originally Posted by devil21 View Post
      Has 3D printing technology advanced to the point where this matters anymore?

      Gun prints in the past resulted in very mixed and unreliable results and in most cases were only good for a "temporary" (read: assassination) firearm.
      The technology will continue to advance.
    1. ThePaleoLibertarian's Avatar
      ThePaleoLibertarian -
      There's no feasible way to prohibit such things anyway. The most they could do is make it so the owner would have to hack the machine or download the schematics as a torrent.
    1. devil21's Avatar
      devil21 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Swordsmyth View Post
      The technology will continue to advance.
      That didn't answer my question.
    1. Swordsmyth's Avatar
      Swordsmyth -
      Quote Originally Posted by devil21 View Post
      That didn't answer my question.
      I don't know the answer to your question but this ruling is good and will be useful in the future if not now.
    1. devil21's Avatar
      devil21 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Swordsmyth View Post
      I don't know the answer to your question but this ruling is good and will be useful in the future if not now.
      So you confirm that you just post whatever $#@! the MSM pumps out without any comprehension of what you're posting.
    1. kcchiefs6465's Avatar
      kcchiefs6465 -
      Quote Originally Posted by devil21 View Post
      So you confirm that you just post whatever $#@! the MSM pumps out without any comprehension of what you're posting.
      Yes, 3-D printing firearms is becoming a viable (see: reliable) option for those looking to build their own firearms.

      They also have the Ghost Gunner CNC which can finish 80% lowers.

      MSM would have much preferred the 1st Amendment to not cover these files and as soon as it is out of the bag of where this technology is at (building your own firearms at will), expect apoplectic tantrums.

      Not to mention that this technology is for far more than just building firearms. Flash hiders, magazines, foregrips, you name it.... and soon, polymer shell casings.

      That is beyond the Liberator, polymer lowers, etc.
    1. brushfire's Avatar
      brushfire -
      Quote Originally Posted by Swordsmyth View Post
      I don't know the answer to your question but this ruling is good and will be useful in the future if not now.
      Its a double edge sword. While I agree with the ruling, it will be used to create hysteria. Just as the bumpfire nonsense - they'll be shouting "We must do something". Waiting to see the same staged incidents, such as the plastic firearms on a plane.
    1. kcchiefs6465's Avatar
      kcchiefs6465 -
      Quote Originally Posted by brushfire View Post
      Its a double edge sword. While I agree with the ruling, it will be used to create hysteria. Just as the bumpfire nonsense - they'll be shouting "We must do something". Waiting to see the same staged incidents, such as the plastic firearms on a plane.
      If it makes you feel any better, the TSA hardly finds mostly metal weapons too.

      TSA fails most tests in latest undercover operation at US airports

      In recent undercover tests of multiple airport security checkpoints by the Department of Homeland Security, inspectors said screeners, their equipment or their procedures failed more than half the time, according to a source familiar with the classified report.

      When ABC News asked the source if the failure rate was 80 percent, the response was, "You are in the ballpark."


      .....

      The news of the failure comes two years after ABC News reported that secret teams from the DHS found that the TSA failed 95 percent of the time to stop inspectors from smuggling weapons or explosive materials through screening.

      hxxps://abcnews.go.com/US/tsa-fails-tests-latest-undercover-operation-us-airports/story?id=51022188
    1. brushfire's Avatar
      brushfire -
      Quote Originally Posted by kcchiefs6465 View Post
      If it makes you feel any better, the TSA hardly finds mostly metal weapons too.
      No need to convince me - I agree, its kabuki theater. Still, the media will selectively present their cases, to support their anti-gun narrative. And those who are casual (lazy) about understanding current events, will swallow the narrative hook-line-and-sinker. Leaving those of us who know better to be labeled as "on the fringe, conspiracy, nutjobs".

      @2:13

    1. Swordsmyth's Avatar
      Swordsmyth -
      Quote Originally Posted by devil21 View Post
      So you confirm that you just post whatever $#@! the MSM pumps out without any comprehension of what you're posting.
      No, I posted a ruling that is good for gun rights in the future if not right now.
    1. jllundqu's Avatar
      jllundqu -
      Quote Originally Posted by devil21 View Post
      Has 3D printing technology advanced to the point where this matters anymore?

      Gun prints in the past resulted in very mixed and unreliable results and in most cases were only good for a "temporary" (read: assassination) firearm.
      That is entirely beside the friggin point!

      The government tried to say this guy violated the firearm export laws... claiming that digital code was, in effect, a firearm! He fought it and won! Now an entirely new field of digitally coded firearm prints is available. No serial numbers, no tracking, no infringing, etc. This is an absolute victory...
    1. jllundqu's Avatar
      jllundqu -
      Quote Originally Posted by devil21 View Post
      So you confirm that you just post whatever $#@! the MSM pumps out without any comprehension of what you're posting.
      - rep


      This was a bull$#@! attack. It IS good for gun rights. It IS good for 1st amendment rights. Anyone who can't see that, is blindly ignorant.
    1. Swordsmyth's Avatar
      Swordsmyth -
      Quote Originally Posted by jllundqu View Post
      - rep


      This was a bull$#@! attack. It IS good for gun rights. It IS good for 1st amendment rights. Anyone who can't see that, is blindly ignorant.
      Thanks.
    1. Swordsmyth's Avatar
      Swordsmyth -
      Due to the terms of the surprising settlement of the United States government, Wilson can begin posting his open-source technical data, including files for every gun up to .50 caliber available through commerce, on July 27. An irrevocable content dump, according to Wilson, which renders gun control efforts increasingly futile.
      Moreover, in the settlement, "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," notes a press release from the Second Amendment Foundation. In other words, the handful of liberal states that currently ban "assault weapons" like the AR-15, such as New York state via the SAFE Act, could potentially face legal challenges.

      "This doesn’t put the rifle in everyone’s hand, but it does that in essence. The DNA of our culture is preserved," he explained. "This is the first pillar in the internet gun culture of tomorrow, and it is permanent."

      Wilson emphasized that this can’t be regulated in any meaningful way. "Anything that makes it through my organization now, becomes public domain material, irrevocably so," he said. "I’m the shepherd... and I’m going to put any and everything up."
      And Defense Distributed, a nonprofit organization founded by Wilson that maintains defcad.com, will only help to accelerate gun culture online via their open-source content, standing as a reference resource and model for customization. "It’s kinda like GitHub for guns," he said.



      More at: https://www.dailywire.com/news/32872...-prestigiacomo


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