The U.S. Department of Justice has reached a settlement with 3D gun inventor Cody Wilson that opens the way for gun owners to easily build their own firearms at home.
The settlement with the DOJ went through the Defense Distributed and Second Amendment Foundation (SAF). Wilson was asked to take down his website which hosted the downloadable data in 2015 after his first successful testing of his makeshift weapon, appropriately named “The Liberator” (pictured above).
Wilson’s argument drew from both the First and Second Amendments to the United States Constitution. While the latter is rather obvious, the former referred to the fact that all he was uploading was downloadable blueprints for the Liberator, and that being asked to remove it was a violation of Wilson’s protected free speech rights.
The government has agreed to waive its prior restraint against the plaintiffs, allowing them to freely publish the 3-D files and other information at issue,” a SAF official told Breitbart News. “The government has also agreed to pay a significant portion of the plaintiffs’ attorney’s fees, and to return $10,000 in State Department registration dues paid by Defense Distributed as a result of the prior restraint.”
“Under this settlement, the government will draft and pursue regulatory amendments that eliminate ITAR control over the technical information at the center of this case,” the statement continued. “They will transfer export jurisdiction to the Commerce Department, which does not impose prior restraint on public speech. That will allow Defense Distributed and SAF to publish information about 3-D technology.”
This case obviously has massive implications for Second Amendment supporters, and likely makes the fearful gun-grabbing crowd very nervous. If the entire point of the Second Amendment is to provide Americans with a legal check against government tyranny, this Constitutional protection has only been strengthened through this settlement. Once the technology becomes more developed and easier to use, it may also have a serious impact on the firearm industry itself — as manufacturers will now have to compete with a consumer base that could simply assemble products at home.
~ Ready to Fire News