Seattle judge extends 3-D printed gun ban pending state challenge

Judge Lasnik: Needs a refresher course on the First Amendment

The good judge (appointed by Bill Clinton) claims that Cody Wilson’s First Amendment rights are “currently abridged, but it has not been abrogated.”

Wow, just wow.

From Fox News: A judge in Seattle extended a ban on publishing instructions for 3-D printed guns during state litigation over the controversial practice, handing a procedural victory to gun-control advocates.

The ruling, handed down in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington, marks the latest chapter in the ongoing battle over 3D-printed weapons.

Defense Distributed, a non-profit defense firm, had planned to offer the blueprints for download starting Aug. 1 following a multiyear legal battle with the federal government.

However, in late July U.S. District Court Judge Robert Lasnik stopped the release of the blueprints. President Donald Trump has also voiced his concern over the weapons.

Advocates for gun control have argued that 3D-printed guns could also pose security challenges as they pass through airport X-ray machines.

Speaking to Fox News in July Defense Distributed director Cody Wilson described current 3D-printed guns as “mostly curiosities,” and said that the “big” and “bulky” characteristics of the weapons would help identify them. “I doubt seriously that it’s a real problem,” he added. “If it is a problem, then the [security] norms will have to change.”

Nineteen states and the District of Columbia sued the federal government, alleging it reached a “covert” settlement with the company, Defense Distributed, without notifying Congress or the Department of Defense about changes it made to an export act that prohibited 3D gun plans from being posted online.

Previously, Lasnik said that his court is not the proper venue to decide this issue.

“You know, it’s a little bit frustrating to be sitting in this chair as a United States District Court judge and seeing this is an issue that should be solved by the political branches of government,” Lasnik said, reports the Seattle Times. “And I really hope and wish that the executive branch and Congress would face up to this and say, it’s a tough issue, but that’s why you got into public service to begin with.”

The states suing are Washington, Connecticut, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, California, Colorado, Delaware, Hawaii, Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, North Carolina, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania and the District of Columbia.

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2 responses to “Seattle judge extends 3-D printed gun ban pending state challenge

  1. Does the gumment realy think that they can stop people from designing and building their own weapons? Or telling other people how to do it? Bad guys are gonna get weapons. Whatever weapons they can use to ply their trade. Be it a rock or be it a rocket launcher or anything in between. Once again I arrive at the same conclusion. Weapons are not the problem. Bad guys with weapons are the problem. Good guys with weapons is the solution.

     
  2. One subtle aspect here is that we should not be asking for permission. What right do they have to tell the citizenry that they are prohibited from doing something like this?

    What if I have a foundry and I want to make guns by beating them out on an anvil? Until recently Americans have always proceeded from the position that we have God-given, Constitutionally protected rights. We do not need some “authority’s” permission.

    So, when a judge, (or anybody else) takes the position of “we’ll just think about that a while and decide if we want to “allow” you to do that”, we’re in trouble. The more these actions are accepted the worse it will get.

     

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