Judge Blocks Texas Company Release Of 3D-Printed Gun Plans

Kristin Weisell
August 01, 2018 - 6:21 am
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DALLAS (1080 KRLD) - An Austin-based company is restrained at the last minute from publishing blueprints for 3-D printed guns online. 

The ruling was made by a federal judge late last night, before the company Defense Distributed could release another batch of online blueprints. A first set of prints had already been published online last week.

The federal government had already settled with Defense Distributed and its founder Cody Wilson last month over the issue of blueprints for 3-D guns. This ruling was a last-ditch effort by several states to block that settlement.

Supporters say sharing these blueprints is sharing information, making this as much a First Amendment issue as a Second Amendment issue.

"What happened is that Cody tried to put some files on the internet that could be used to make 3-D guns," says Wilson's lawyer Josh Blackman. "And the federal government has told him he can't do that, even as a way to communicate with other Americans who share the same constitutional rights."

Critics of printed 3-D guns say they would be impossible to trace or regulate, and would be an advantage to terrorists and criminals.

Wilson says the prints are no more than general knowledge, and he sees nothing wrong with sharing that knowledge.

"The files are in the public domain, and you cannot take them back," he says. "You can adjust your politics to this reality, but you will not ask me to adjust min