Regrann from @freedom_faction - Thoughts?
The U.S. Department of Justice reached a landmark settlement with the #SecondAmendmentFoundation and #DefenseDistributed; an organization that promotes and distributes technologies to manufacture firearms at home with a #3Dprinter.
The two organizations initially filed suit against the U.S. government in 2015, after the feds alleged that Defense Distributed was violating munitions export rules contained within the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) and ordered the company to cease distribution of gun-making files.
The government essentially claimed that by releasing a digital file of technical specifications for a do-it-yourself gun, the company was now an illegal arms dealer.
The company claimed in its lawsuit that the feds ordering them to cease distribution amounted to “censorship of Plaintiffs’ speech,” due to computer files consisting of code—which falls under the umbrella of free expression.
Additionally, the suit asserted that “the ad hoc, informal and arbitrary manner in which that scheme is applied, violate the First, Second, and Fifth Amendments.” Under the terms of the agreement, Americans are acknowledged to have a right to “access, discuss, use, reproduce or otherwise benefit from the technical data” produced and distributed by Defense Distributed.
The saga began when a proprietor of Defense Distributed, Cody Wilson, published a 53-second video in May 2013 in which he fires a strange plastic looking gun.
Reason magazine explained:
That video, which documented the first time a plastic gun manufactured by a 3D printer was successfully fired by a human hand, was watched 3 million times the week after it was released. The ghostly weapon, made entirely of acrylonitrile butadiene styrene thermoplastic polymer (except for a small metal nail used to strike the primer on the .380 caliber bullet) was crafted by a moving machine head on a Stratasys Dimension SST 3D printer, depositing resin in layers in accordance with computer instructions, the same way an inkjet printer churns out two-dimensional documents. More in comments#FutureTech #FutureWarfare - #regrann