Gun Groups Sue State Dept., New Jersey AG Over 3D Guns & Free Speech

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BELLEVUE, WA — -(AmmoLand.com)- The Second Amendment Foundation and Defense Distributed, the Texas firm made famous for publishing digital firearms information, have sued the U.S. Department of State and New Jersey Attorney General Gurbir Grewal in federal court, alleging violations of the First Amendment and administrative law.

Named as defendants are Grewal, Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo, Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense Trade Controls Mike Miller and Sarah Heidema, director of Policy, Office of Defense Trade Controls Policy, in their official capacities. The case was filed in U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas, Austin Division. The case is known as DD/SAF v. Department of State, et. al.

“Jurisdictional shell games are over,” said SAF founder and Executive Vice President Alan M. Gottlieb.

“For too long these officials have avoided real judicial scrutiny. They’ve avoided the merits because they fear a real application of federal free speech protections. But no more. Grewal can’t hide from this court’s jurisdiction and neither can the State Department. DD and SAF look forward to finally having these officials’ years of censorship struck down as violations of the constitutional rights – both First and Second Amendment – that courts are designed to protect.”

According to the complaint, the case concerns important questions about free speech regarding the First Amendment right to speak about the Second Amendment. In this case, it involves “the modern right to speak about the Second Amendment by sharing computer files with digital firearms information,” the complaint says.

“This is about the State Department failure to enforce a contract to protect Defense Distributed and SAF’s right to engage in speech,” Gottlieb said o share digital firearms information. Evidently, he simply cannot stand the idea of SAF or Defense Distributed sharing information in favor of the Second Amendment.”

Earlier, the State Department agreed to the settlement of an earlier case, Gottlieb noted.

“In an earlier case,” Gottlieb said, “both the State Department and several states involved in the action conceded there is nothing inherently illegal about the computer files at issue. We say so in the complaint. Yet, here we are again, arguing about the publication of digital firearms information, with Grewal in the center of things because of his continued censorship efforts against SAF and Defense Distributed. His conduct could irreparably harm both entities.”

“This has got to stop.”



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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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musicman44mag
musicman44mag
21 days ago

Not sure how to take this. I don’t like the fact that criminals can print and use guns and I don’t mind going through the background check to buy a gun or for my CCW but this whole registration idea has gotten out of hand. They say the sales are kept at the store for five years and then thrown away. The government has confiscated those files, Sued stores that have files left that are over five years old for those files and constantly they are coming up with new ways to track sales and keep sales records forever. I… Read more »

JSNMGC
JSNMGC
21 days ago
Reply to  musicman44mag

Prohibiting 3D printing (or anything else, such as 90% lowers, that facilitates building your own firearm) will not prevent criminals from getting firearms. They steal them and illegally procure them through straw purchases.

Patriot Solutions
Patriot Solutions
21 days ago
Reply to  JSNMGC

True and the criminals are coming out of the city here into my rural area committing armed crime and they have so many guns they are actually leaving guns behind that the cops are finding.

JSNMGC
JSNMGC
21 days ago

Sorry to hear that – I hope the crime rate comes down soon.

Patriot Solutions
Patriot Solutions
20 days ago
Reply to  JSNMGC

Thanks.

When the criminals go back to Denver the crime rate is lowered by about 5000′.

Patriot Solutions
Patriot Solutions
21 days ago

It sure sounds like the government [tyrants] says pictures, drawings, calculations and measurements of constitutionally protected items is illegal that the government is suppressing free speech just exactly as they are accusing others of doing. Sounds like gov has some chicom tendencies that need addressing.

If it weren’t for double standards the gov would have no standards at all.

Crack their eggs SAF and push their fudge in deeply.

Last edited 21 days ago by Patriot Solutions