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PA, NJ illegally block 3d-printer designs for firearms


After DOJ settled the case seeking to block these designs from being published internationally, Pennsylvania and New Jersey decided to block them within the US. That's going to raise a ton of 1st Amendment issues and I really do hope that it also adds many zeros to the settlement check in Defense Distributed's civil rights lawsuit.

At the link, Sebastian makes the important point that these states are not enforcing the law. There is no law that makes it illegal to publish firearms designs on the internet at the state level. The company that posted them had just settled with the federal agencies charged with enforcing the export laws (the only ones relevant here for publishing gun designs) because those laws likely violate the First Amendment and the government was afraid to press the case and get a ruling to that effect. .

This entry was published Mon Jul 30 14:08:00 CDT 2018 by TriggerFinger and last updated 2018-07-30 13:58:55.0. [Tweet]

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