Court weighs 3D gun case as pressure mounts against file circulation
By Chris Eger
Increasingly, the subject of First Amendment protections for Second Amendment subjects is becoming fodder for legal challenges. (Photo: DefDist)
A federal court heard arguments on Tuesday from a group of states looking to keep the lid on the spread of 3D printed gun files. A Seattle federal courtroom held a hearing for a preliminary injunction pushed by Washington state Attorney General Bob Ferguson against Texas-based Defense Distributed.
At stake in the case is the release of downloadable 3-D CAD and CNC files, which had previously been cleared by the U.S. State Department after a five-year legal fight by DefDist and gun rights advocates. Allied with 18 other states against the spread of the data, Ferguson’s office holds that to allow the information to be circulated would be a mistake for public safety.
While U.S. District Judge Robert S. Lasnik did not make a ruling, which is expected next week, he did say that “a solution to the greater problem is so much better suited” to the president or Congress than the courts.
In a 44-page answer to the court rebuffing the compliant by the states, attorneys for DefDist hold the court lacks jurisdiction in the case, the venue is improper, and that Ferguson and