Judge blocks DefDist downloadable 3D gun data, other sites release files
By Chris Eger
While a Seattle court blocked the nationwide dissemination of 3D gun files via DefCAD.com on Tuesday, a new site popped up hours later, backed by gun rights groups, containing the code. (Photo: Chris Eger/Guns.com)
A federal judge in Seattle on Tuesday sided with a group of state attorneys general and granted a temporary restraining order against the planned release of downloadable gun manufacturing files.
U.S. District Judge Robert S. Lasnik agreed with eight states led by Washington state Attorney General Bob Ferguson in blocking Texas-based Defense Distributed from posting the downloadable 3-D CAD and CNC files. The file release, which had been set for Wednesday, was part of a negotiated settlement between DefDist and the U.S. State Department over the applicability of export controls on the information, which the government had long felt was a violation of regulations on the international transfer of munitions.
Lasnik, a former King County prosecutor and 1998 appointment to the federal bench by President Clinton, conceded that, while the restriction of the data inside the U.S. was never a concern for the State Department, the public safety risk argued by Ferguson and his allies made a certain sense. “If an injunction is not issued and the status quo