SAF & Defense Distributed Seek Temporary Restraining Order Against N.J. Atty. General

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SAF & Defense Distributed Seek Temporary Restraining Order Against N.J. Atty. General

BELLEVUE, WA – -(AmmoLand.com)- The Second Amendment Foundation and Defense Distributed filed a motion in federal court in Texas seeking a temporary restraining order and preliminary injunction against New Jersey Attorney General Gurbir Grewal to prevent enforcement of a new law that they believe is a direct infringement of their First Amendment rights.

On Thursday, New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy signed Senate Bill 2465, which is specifically aimed at censoring SAF and Defense Distributed, violating their First Amendment rights under color of law. During a press conference, Grewal acknowledged that this new measure was designed to prevent publication of instruction codes that would explain how to produce a firearm with a three-dimensional printer.

The motions were filed in U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas, Austin Division. It is part of a broader civil rights action against several governors, attorneys general and other government officials that was brought by SAF and Defense Distributed.

“We’ve had to take this extraordinary step to defend our First Amendment rights because Attorney General Grewal has literally threatened to ‘come after’ us, or anyone else, who is ‘contemplating making a printable gun,’” explained SAF founder and Executive Vice President Alan M. Gottlieb. “Grewal and the governor aren’t merely trying to stop what people do, now they’re also trying to dictate what people think. That amounts to extremism on steroids.”

The complaint was filed in Texas, Gottlieb noted because that’s where Defense Distributed is located.

“Defense Distributed had reached a settlement with the government on this issue,” he said, “but various state attorneys general quickly tried to interfere. New Jersey is carrying this nonsense one step further by attempting to censor the company and the foundation. We are hopeful that the federal court quickly intervenes and stops this Orwellian behavior.

“This isn’t about guns,” Gottlieb added, “it’s about information and ideas, and the right of a free society to share that knowledge without fear of demagoguery by government officials who want people to live in their bubble.”

The Second Amendment Foundation (www.saf.org) is the nation’s oldest and largest tax-exempt education, research, publishing and legal action group focusing on the Constitutional right and heritage to privately own and possess firearms. Founded in 1974, The Foundation has grown to more than 650,000 members and supporters and conducts many programs designed to better inform the public about the consequences of gun control.

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Author: Heed the Call-up Comment: Ron, please go to the BATFE website and get educated. It is not illegal to manufacture your own firearms. It is illegal to build and sell, for commercial purposes, firearms without a federal license to do that. Most small arms used by our government are built by private and commercial businesses. All of the companies that manufacture firearms in the USA have federal licenses to do so, not the employees that work there. And who do you believe gets to test all those automatic weapons that are produced by those manufacturers when they are being… Read more »

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Dammit, now I have to send SAF more money for the good work they do.

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It is still legal to make your own gun,as far as I know. The means justify the ends. Homemade is homemade,metal,wood etc. (or 3d printed)

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Ron, please go to the BATFE website and get educated. It is not illegal to manufacture your own firearms. It is illegal to build and sell, for commercial purposes, firearms without a federal license to do that. Most small arms used by our government are built by private and commercial businesses. All of the companies that manufacture firearms in the USA have federal licenses to do so, not the employees that work there. And who do you believe gets to test all those automatic weapons that are produced by those manufacturers when they are being designed and then before they… Read more »

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it IS still legal for me to maky a gun for my own use, I not being licensed to produce them for resale to anyone else. This nonsense from the states is wrong.. they are trying to prohibit the distrivutioin of INFORMATION. Most cars, airplane,s boats, are manufactured by firms that do so. Anyone can build their own at home. There are books, online files to download, mail order plans, etc, that provide every detail for HOW to build your own airpoane, boat, car, motorcycle, train, and no one cares a fig. But let some information be about how to… Read more »

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Gregory Romeu

We must keep donating until Cody Wilson and SAF put a lid on this tyranny. In the meantime keep your powder dry!