SAF Sues Government Attorneys Trying to Block Downloadable Guns

Los Angeles City Attorney Mike Feuer with Gabby Giffords and her husband Mark Kelly. (Photo: Twitter)

A lot of people lately have been cryin’, “The sky is falling” now that Defense Distributed (DD) has been given the green-light by the Justice Department to once again publish online computer files for 3-D printable firearms.

Two of those chicken littles include New Jersey Attorney General Gurbir S. Grewal and L.A. City Attorney Michael Feuer, who have gone so far as to threaten to sue DD if they go ahead with their plan, to exercise their First Amendment right of free speech, and release the blueprints this week on Aug. 1st.

To which the Second Amendment Foundation (SAF) has said, in a manner of speaking, NOT SO FAST!  On Sunday, SAF filed its own lawsuit against the two government lawyers on the grounds that they are engaging in “unconstitutional prior restraint.”

“What Grewal and Feuer are attempting is an unconstitutional exercise of prior restraint,” said SAF founder and Executive Vice President Alan M. Gottlieb in a press release. “They are trying to prevent Defense Distributed and its founder, Cody Wilson, from exercising free speech under color of law.”

“We have the right to publish this information,” added Wilson, “and now the New Jersey Attorney General and Los Angeles city attorney can pay for it.”  Plaintiffs are seeking declaratory and injunctive relief,
damages, and attorney fees.

SEE ALSO: Defense Distributed on Beating Back DOJ Censorship of DIY Firearms: ‘The era of the downloadable gun has formally begun’

It was Obama’s Justice Department that ordered the Texas-based company to pull down its materials back in 2013.  Late last month, the DOJ reversed course and settled with DD following a multi-year legal battle with SAF.

Since that announcement, anti-gunners nationwide have been scrambling trying to find a way to prevent those files from being shared.  Brady Campaign, Everytown for Gun Safety and the Giffords Law Center filed a lawsuit of their own asking for a temporary restraining order and preliminary injunction.  But that request was shot down by U.S. District Judge Robert Pitman in Austin, Texas last week.

“This is quickly turning into a classic First Amendment case,” Gottlieb observed. “People publish all sorts of information online, but because this case involves technical information on production of firearm components on a 3-D printer, these anti-rights officials are trying to squelch it. We cannot allow this to happen.

“You cannot exercise the right to keep and bear arms without being able to buy or make your own firearm,” he concluded.

Until a decision is reached, DD will hold off on sharing files with customers in New Jersey, California, and Pennsylvania (where a similar complaint was issued).  But for everyone else everywhere else it should be all systems go!

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About the author: S.H. Blannelberry is the News Editor of GunsAmerica.

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  • MJ August 7, 2018, 3:30 am

    Are these the same idiots afraid of the gun shaped pop tarts?

  • Rick August 3, 2018, 3:35 pm

    Spelling and grammar errors
    make the poster of flawed responses appear idiotic. I suggest you take a few moments to proofread your prose before hitting the submit button.

  • Sgt. Pop August 3, 2018, 11:21 am

    The Undetectable Firearms Act, 1988, 18 U.S.C.-922 address a lot of this.

  • Mark N. July 31, 2018, 11:57 pm

    At least this is more balanced than tonight’s NBC News which failed to address the fact that the Liberator is a fragile single shot .22 that has been around for five years, that 80% lowers are available on the market now for ARs , 1911s and Glocks, which of course are equally “untraceable,” and that it is perfectly legal to build a firearm in the comfort of one’s own home, as it has been in this country for a couple hundred years, and that there are several hundred other designs on the internet besides th eDD designs. These anti-gunners are a bunch of freakin’ idiots, or simply using the same tierd hysteria they typially use to try to pass unnecessary laws.

  • Dr Motown July 31, 2018, 1:37 pm

    There are polymer bullets and polymer casings in development, but is there really an all-plastic gun? Just asking for a friend

    • Michael August 3, 2018, 1:41 pm

      An all plastic gun law was put into effect in the late 80’s or early 90’s that makes it illegal to own, posses, or manufacture any 100% all plastic gun. So if you have one, and get caught, you are going to federal prison and forfeit all your gun rights.

      • Sgt. Pop August 3, 2018, 3:09 pm

        Undetectable Firearms Act 18 U.S.C. 922, 1988

    • deanbob August 3, 2018, 4:00 pm

      All firing pins that I am aware of are made of metal. I don\’t know anyone who has a gun without a firing pin! Is it a gun without a firing pin?

  • Jaque July 31, 2018, 1:09 pm

    I’m laughing. None of these morons know what it takes to build a “ ghost gun.” Or any Gun. Even the simple sub guns police have captured in Brazil and the Philippines.

    I suggest they add to the profits of Defense Distributed and buy their mill. Let them see for themselves how “easy” it is to build an AR and headspace it. No criminal worth his profession would spend a week and thousands to make a gun they could steal in an hour.

    Once again this is not about safety it’s about Tyranny. And its the same communist states over and over who deny their citizens the freedom the constitution is supposed provide all Americans.

    • Gourdhead August 6, 2018, 10:19 am

      I have no interest in downloadable printed guns but if someone wants to piddle with the silly notion, I think it is their right. I do however like the photo at the top of the article – three douchebags that have lived on the gubment teat for most of their adult lives. What a joke these three are.

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