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Designer of 3D printed guns re-uploads his schematics citing violation of First Amendment

Designer of 3D printed guns re-uploads his schematics citing violation of First Amendment

Cody Wilson, the founder of Defense Distributed, an organization that develops and distributes schematics for 3D printable firearms, has exploited a loophole in a judge’s injunction that had prohibited him from distributing his plans over the internet. Wilson was previously blocked from distributing his plans on his website. But the self-styled anarchist successfully found a simple loophole in the judge’s order for him to continue with his circulation of plans for 3D printable guns.

Wilson replaced the “Download” button on his website with an option that says “Purchase”. Moreover, he even stated that anyone who wished to acquire these schematics can name their own price. So, apparently, Wilson’s company would be selling the designs instead of distributing them, thereby circumventing a court order that had prevented him from carrying out his activities.

The United States Arms Export Control Act was cited by a court to force Wilson to cease his operations in 2015. However, Wilson later counter-sued the State Department with claims that the previous injunction violated his First Amendment rights. Wilson was granted temporary rights to continue with his activities until a judge ruled in favor of numerous states who argued that production and distribution of 3D printable guns pose a serious threat to public safety. This opposition comes in the wake of several mass shootings in the United States that have claimed the lives of numerous Americans.

But by exploiting the apparent loophole, Wilson risks violating a direct court order.


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