SAF and Defense Distributed win Fifth Circuit case on First Amendment and 3D

Defense Distributed Liberator Pistol
Defense Distributed Liberator Pistol

U.S.A.-(AmmoLand.com)- On 19 August 2020, the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals reversed a Federal District court. The three-judge panel of the Fifth Circuit found the Attorney General of New Jersey is under Texas jurisdiction for this case. The case is Defense Distributed v. Grewal.

The finding allows a lawsuit filed against the New Jersey AG for violation of Defense Distributed First Amendment rights to publish computer code for 3D printed guns, to go forward.

Presumably, the discovery of Grewal's records on any discussion relevant to stop Defense Distributed from publishing will be allowed to continue.

AG Grewal can ask for an en banc hearing at the Fifth circuit. Failing that, he can appeal the ruling of the three-judge panel to the Supreme Court.

The ruling is a highly technical discussion about whether Grewal's conduct is sufficient to generate jurisdiction in Texas. All three judges agree that it is.

The dissent argues that Grewal, as an Attorney General, should be exempt from being sued in such a case. The case will continue.

With the resources of the State of New Jersey at his command, it is expected AG Grewal will use every opportunity to delay and derail this case. There will probably be a request for an en banc ruling, it will probably be denied and the case will be appealed to the Supreme Court. That will buy another year's delay for Grewal in his scheme to deny Defense Distributed First Amendment rights. A presidential election will take place before then.

If President Trump wins, Grewal's scheme will likely fail. AG Grewal has consistently worked to stop the settlement which was hammered out between the Trump administration and Defense Distributed.

If President Trump loses, a Biden-Harris administration will do everything they can to reinforce Grewal in his bid to stop Defense Distributed from exercising their First Amendment rights. A Biden-Harris administration will stop the settlement from going into effect, if it has not already been put in place.

The Fifth Circuit is saying AG Grewal of New Jersey may be personally liable for attacking the First Amendment rights of Defense Distributed.

It is an important finding. We will not know the results before the election, but the results may be of great significance for the nation.

Here is a timeline of Defense Distributed attempts to exercise its rights:

The precedent for the protection of computer code as a freedom of speech issue is fairly clear, established in the encryption debates in 1995, in the Ninth Circuit.

The Supreme Court has not directly ruled on the issue. At some point, a Supreme Court ruling is almost sure to happen.

You cannot stop people from obtaining guns unless you stop them from having the information on how to make guns.

The First Amendment says the government is not allowed to do that.


About Dean Weingarten:Dean Weingarten

Dean Weingarten has been a peace officer, a military officer, was on the University of Wisconsin Pistol Team for four years, and was first certified to teach firearms safety in 1973. He taught the Arizona concealed carry course for fifteen years until the goal of Constitutional Carry was attained. He has degrees in meteorology and mining engineering, and retired from the Department of Defense after a 30 year career in Army Research, Development, Testing, and Evaluation.

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PubliusEtFurianus
PubliusEtFurianus
1 month ago

The Fifth Circuit is saying AG Grewal of New Jersey may be personally liable for attacking the First Amendment rights of Defense Distributed.

I have not seen this before. If upheld, this could be the most important finding in the case.

Last edited 1 month ago by PubliusEtFurianus
MICHAEL J
MICHAEL J
1 month ago

The democrat left has done everything in its power to limit and disarm the American people. Their wilful disregard for the 1st and 2nd Amendments are blatant and offensive. Who will hold these treasonous vipers accountable? Grounds to charge and remove them are valid, but yet no one ever has. It is clear that the Constitution has no meaning to these oath breaking liars. It’s as if laws only exist to keep ordinary citizens in check but never to those elected. We need term limits against career lifetime politicians who no longer represent us.

Laddyboy
Laddyboy
1 month ago

“You cannot stop people from obtaining guns unless you stop them from having the information on how to make guns.
The First Amendment says the government is not allowed to do that.”
I agree with this Op-Ed.
Perhaps —– a law suit can be built upon this statement against all of the CENSORSHIP that the “modern public square” organizations, twit / goog and others, ARE DOING against different groups of Second Amendment Supporters.

USMC0351Grunt
USMC0351Grunt
1 month ago

“It does not take a majority to prevail… but rather an irate, tireless minority, keen on setting brushfires of freedom in the minds of men. – Samuel Adams. Cody Wilson of Defense Distributed, standing his ground on OUR First Amendment Rights. Where are the masses Across the 2nd Amendment Arena? The pro-gun citizens, companies and corporations, the Patriots? The self-defense world? The Preppers, in his support? THIS is the ONLY WAY that YOUR rights are protected. THIS is how YOUR FREEDOM and LIBERTY is protected while you sleep. Those not supporting Cody Wilson and Alan Gottlieb and the Second Amendment… Read more »

Ansel Hazen
Ansel Hazen
1 month ago
Reply to  USMC0351Grunt

“It does not take a majority to prevail… but rather an irate, tireless minority, keen on setting brushfires of freedom in the minds of men”. – Samuel Adams.

III% today is something like 10 million AMERICANS.