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DIY Guns - DOJ backs off Defense Distributed
« on: Jul 11, 2018, 06:00:36 pm »
 

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A Landmark Legal Shift Opens Pandora’s Box for DIY Guns

BY Andy Greenberg

https://wired.com/story/a-landmark-legal-shift-opens-pandoras-box-for-diy-guns/

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Two months ago, the Department of Justice quietly offered Wilson a settlement to end a lawsuit he and a group of co-plaintiffs have pursued since 2015 against the United States government. Wilson and his team of lawyers focused their legal argument on a free speech claim: They pointed out that by forbidding Wilson from posting his 3-D-printable data, the State Department was not only violating his right to bear arms but his right to freely share information. By blurring the line between a gun and a digital file, Wilson had also successfully blurred the lines between the Second Amendment and the First.

"If code is speech, the constitutional contradictions are evident," Wilson explained to WIRED when he first launched the lawsuit in 2015. "So what if this code is a gun?”

The Department of Justice's surprising settlement, confirmed in court documents earlier this month, essentially surrenders to that argument. It promises to change the export control rules surrounding any firearm below .50 caliber—with a few exceptions like fully automatic weapons and rare gun designs that use caseless ammunition—and move their regulation to the Commerce Department, which won't try to police technical data about the guns posted on the public internet. In the meantime, it gives Wilson a unique license to publish data about those weapons anywhere he chooses. [continues...]



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A great win on the federal level.    Watch for Bloomberg funded groups to make this the next boogie man and lead the charge to have this banned along with 80% lowers on the state level.



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A great win on the federal level.    Watch for Bloomberg funded groups to make this the next boogie man and lead the charge to have this banned along with 80% lowers on the state level.



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Yes, I'm surprised I haven't heard a whole bunch on this. I won't be anymore if they try to make these out to be bad somehow to a much larger audience.

I gotta try one of these things. I was still thinking of them as being only like the Liberator model.



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The cost of manufacturing a gun with a 3D printer is much more expensive than acquiring a gun on the street.  Politicians and anti-freedom groups have found a new boogie man to use for fundraising purposes.

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No 3-D gun plans in Pennsylvania, company agrees - for now

https://philly.com/philly/news/3d-guns-defense-distributed-pennsylvania-ar-15-20180729.html

In an emergency hearing in federal court in Philadelphia on Sunday evening, a Texas nonprofit agreed to block Pennsylvania internet users from downloading its files for making firearms with a 3D printer — for now.

The hearing before U.S. District Judge Paul Diamond came in response to a lawsuit filed by state  Attorney General Josh Shapiro, Gov. Wolf, and the Pennsylvania State Police.

The Texas nonprofit, Defense Distributed, had put the plans for an AR-15 semiautomatic rifle on its website Friday, and as of Sunday, 1,000 people nationwide already had downloaded them, according to Shapiro’s office.

Had officials not gone to court to try to block downloads in the state, Shapiro said in a statement, “the harm to Pennsylvanians would have been immediate and irreversible.”

In New Jersey, officials also had sought to block downloading of the plans for that state’s residents by means of a cease-and-desist letter. But Defense Distributed challenged that effort on Sunday by filing a federal lawsuit in Texas.


More at the link --->  http://www.philly.com/philly/news/3d-guns-defense-distributed-pennsylvania-ar-15-20180729.html



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The end goal here is to stop people from building  or fixing guns at home. You can now order the parts necessary at gun stores, gun shows or the internet commerce.   They want to start with regulating the parts then banning the ability for people to acquire parts.
Unfortunately, California legislature is leading the charge with the proposed bill below.

California Bill - AB 2382
https://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/billTextClient.xhtml?bill_id=201720180AB2382


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This bill would, commencing July 1, 2023, require the sale of firearm precursor parts, as defined, to be conducted by or processed through a licensed firearm precursor part vendor. Commencing January 1, 2023, the bill would require a person or business to have a valid firearm precursor part vendor license to sell more than one firearm precursor part in any 30-day period. A violation of this provision would be a misdemeanor. The bill would require that a licensed firearm dealer or licensed ammunition vendor automatically be deemed a licensed firearm precursor part vendor. The bill would create an application process for firearm precursor part vendors, as specified. The bill would establish the Firearm Precursor Parts Special Account, into which vendor license fees would be deposited. The bill would continuously appropriate money in the fund to the department for purposes of implementing, administering, and enforcing the firearm precursor part authorization program, thereby making an appropriation. The bill would require the firearm precursor part vendor to conduct business at the location specified in the license, except in the case of gun shows or events, as specified.

Commencing July 1, 2023, the bill would require the Department of Justice to electronically approve the purchase or transfer of firearm precursor parts through a vendor. The bill would generally limit the sale of firearm precursor parts to a person whose information matches an entry in the Automated Firearms System and who is eligible to possess a firearm precursor part, to a person who has a current certificate of eligibility issued by the Department of Justice, or to a person who purchases or transfers the firearm precursor part in a single transaction, as specified.

The bill would create the Firearm Precursor Parts Enforcement Special Fund and would allow the department to charge firearm precursor part purchasers and transferees a per transaction fee not to exceed $1 to be deposited into the fund. The bill would continuously appropriate the fund to the department for the purposes of implementing, operating, and enforcing the firearm precursor part authorization program, thereby making an appropriation. The bill would, upon appropriation by the Legislature, require a loan of $6,000,000 from the General Fund to be made to the department for startup costs of implementing, operating, and enforcing the provisions of the firearm precursor parts authorization program.



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