Court rejects bid by groups to block 3-D firearm files, states step in
By Chris Eger
Cody Wilson’s Defense Distributed organization has won a series of legal victories against gun control groups and the federal government in recent weeks, going on to be granted an exception by the U.S. State Department to export controls on 3-D printed gun files. (Photos: Collage of images from DefDist/State Department)
A judge in a Texas federal court last week declined to side with gun control groups trying to stop the planned release of downloadable firearm files as states are mobilizing to block the information themselves.
U.S. Judge Robert Pitman, a sixth-generation Texan and 2014 appointment by President Obama, on Friday, denied a motion by the Brady Campaign, Everytown, and Giffords to intervene in the lawsuit between Austin-based Defense Distributed and the U.S. State Department.
The gun control advocates argued that the settlement reached between DefDist and the government would allow felons and terrorists to download 3-D files that could assist in unregulated firearm manufacturing. Pittman held the groups lacked standing and, declining to grant a request to halt the pending publication of the files, dismissed the case.
“Just goosed Brady, Gabby and Mike Bloomberg in federal court. Enjoy your weekend,” tweeted DefDist founder Cody Wilson in the aftermath of the ruling.
Wilson, who catapulted to