Posted September 2, 2018 10:00 am by Comments

By Tom Knighton

As a matter of course, I turn to Slate when I want to find a story to ridicule or debunk. It’s not usual for me to find a story there that I actually agree with. When it comes to personal politics, Slate and I have very little in common.

But, even a blind squirrel can find a nut, it seems.

On Monday, a federal court in Washington state blocked Cody Wilson and his company Defense Distributed from putting his 3D-printed gun schematic online. The court’s order—the latest in a years-long legal tussle that has picked up this summer—largely focuses on government rulemaking procedures, but a number of times it has to consider how technology works. When it does, it manages to get the technology remarkably wrong.

Perhaps the most comical of these is when the decision considers whether letting the schematic go online will cause “irreparable harm.” Most of the files are already online, Wilson’s attorneys argued, so what’s the harm in putting them up yet again? Yet the court disagreed, saying those online copies might be hard to find—only “a cybernaut with a BitTorrent protocol” could locate them “in the dark or remote …Read the Rest

Source:: Bearing Arms

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