Blueprints for 3D-printed guns banned online

| November 13, 2019

A Seattle Federal Judge has found the Trump administration’s decision last year to allow a Texas company to post blueprints online for 3D-printed guns, as illegal. Judge Robert Lasnik of Seattle’s U.S. District Court ruled that the Trump administration violated federal law to notify Congress in advance, and failing to provide a “reasoned explanation” of the change in previous policy.

Sorry Your Honor, technology is a genie that won’t go back into the bottle.

In July 2018 the State Department reversed an earlier decision, made under the Obama administration, to ban posting of the gun blueprints. The Obama State Department had deemed the blueprints to be in violation of federal export laws, as they were downloaded by people outside the U.S. Soon after the Trump State Department changed tack on that, 19 states and Washington D.C. sued the Trump administration to block the reversal and keep the free gun blueprints off the internet.

It was Judge Lasnik who issued a restraining order in the summer of 2018 to ban the continued free online distribution of the instructions to print the difficult to detect, untraceable guns.

But Cody Wilson, a gun rights campaigner and owner of Defense Distributed, the Texas company that publishes the blueprints, has used a loophole since that order to keep distributing his computer-aided design (CAD) gun plans — albeit in a more limited manner.

Lasnik’s restraining order barred the free publication of the blueprints, temporarily blocking the State Department’s move to allow the online postings, but Wilson was still allowed to sell the files to U.S. residents individually, and he told CBS News he had continued to do so as “a matter of principle.”

Free thought, free expression and free enterprise, wrapped in the text of the Second Amendment. This will be entertaining to watch as it crawls through the courts. Read the rest of the article here: CBS News

Category: Guns, Legal, The Constitution

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  1. Twist says:

    Did Obama violate federal law to notify Congress in advance when his administration banned it?

  2. Mason says:

    This isn’t so much a 2nd Amendment encroachment/violation. This is squarely a 1st Amendment encroachment. If The Anarchist’s Cookbook is free speech (and it is), then posting this should be as well.

    This judge will get smacked down. I have a feeling even the 9th Circus might reverse him.

    I will say it’s refreshing to see an activist, Constitution-ignoring judge that wasn’t nominated by Obama. He’s a Clinton appointee, so not that far removed, but at least 9 of 10 of the court decisions since Trump took office that make you go “what is this asshole smoking?” were by Obama appointees.

    • 26Limabeans says:

      The 9th Circus says I can’t have a gun in my
      vehicle while parked in the Post Office lot.
      So I park on the street in front of it.

      I’m not in the 9th Circuit but just the same…

  3. Fjardeson says:

    The 9th Circus again. Why am I not surprised? Besides, those files are all over the Internet, and you’re right, that genie ain’t going back in the bottle. Those plans are probably on hundreds of thousands of personal systems, mobile phones, and blogs already. No way Jose.

  4. Anonymous says:

    Anything posted on the open Internet can be gotten by anyone, anywhere… it’s overly broad for the State Dept to restrict any specific domestic item (let alone 3D-printed gun plans that make its left/liberal denizens wet their pants).

  5. GDContractor says:

    I’m going to get rich selling steel gloves with which to wear while shooting that plastic pistol. “Plastic Gun PPE R US dot com”

  6. JacktheJarhead says:

    Court Officer! Stuff that Genie back in the bottle! Make it so!!!

    Good Luck with your “Order”, Pal!

  7. Jus Bill says:

    I strongly suspect the good judge just doesn’t understand that whole “Interwebs” thingie.

  8. Jeff says:

    Does not matter in the least what this Judge states as a ruling. Instructions for 3D printing guns have been online since at least 2010. If you know where to look you can easily find them. Once its on the internet its damn hard to remove.

  9. ninja says:


    • 5th/77th FA says:

      Hemp neckties on sale. Free fittings!

      And this Judge? 😆 😆 😆 😆 😆 😆 😆 😆 :mrgreen: :mrgreen: 😆 😆 😆 😆 dumbass!!!!!!!

  10. Roh-Dog says:

    But if you order a Polymer80, Dremel on it for 10 minutes and slide some parts in it, that’s a ‘higher’ barrier of gun manufacturing?
    Dremel $100 versus a $3000 3D printer?
    Do Judges even logic? Know anything?

  11. Toxic Deplorable Racist B Woodman says:

    “Can’t stop the signal, Mal”

  12. Ret_25X says:

    I used my new and improved federal judge translation system to understand this ruling:

    mmmm soy…Orange Man Bad, therefore, this bad…more soy…guns scary…Orange Man did not ask Nancy…Orange Man Bad…mmmm soy…

    And there you have it.

  13. Ex-PH2 says:

    All it takes is copy the file, paste it to your own hard drive and the trick is done. And you don’t even need to go to that end. There are old instruction books online, and you can probably find the same at used book stores, which will carry everything.

    Here you go: After all, you didn’t need to wait for 3D printers or fancy plans to know how to build a gun at home, or even to build several and arm your friends. Instead, you can find a free online copy of that old army handbook and just open to the section on firearms.

    [Also read: Democrats blast Trump administration for 3D printed gun ‘death warrant’]

    In that section, section three, you will find recipe-style instructions on how make to a range of firearms. Section 3.1 lays out plans for a pipe pistol for 9 mm ammunition. In section 3.2, there are instructions on how to make a shotgun (12 gauge). For those looking for more options, section 3.4 lays out the plans for a carbine firing 7.62 standard rifle ammunition, and section 3.6 has instructions for a pipe pistol for .45 Caliber ammunition, among other options. – Washington Examiner.