Barely two weeks after Cody Wilson and Defcad.com won their case against the US State Department for infringing on their 1st and 2nd Amendment Rights, a Federal Judge in the western district of Seattle, Washington, issued a Temporary Restraining Order (TRO) on the settlement. Judge Robert Lasnik argued that the posting of the 3D gun blueprints could assist criminals and terrorists to manufacture their own weapons. As announced by Defense Distributed founder Cody Wilson, the 3D plans for guns were scheduled for upload on the Defcad.com website on August 1.
Washington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson, in an interview on CNN’s Anderson Cooper 360°, commented “This is a nationwide ban… it takes us back to a period of time before the federal government flipped on their policy regarding these 3D ghost guns. What it means is if anyone posts this information online, they are in violation of federal law and can suffer very serious consequences. So, it makes it unlawful to post that information and make it available to the public.”
Joining Atty. General Ferguson’s blockade are the State Atty. Generals of 20 other states, which include: California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Illinois, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia and Washington State. The Attorney Generals of these state wrote a joint letter to the State Department and the Department of Justice to immediately block the 3D-printing plans from being published.
Atty. General Ferguson further argued that “These downloadable guns are unregistered and are very difficult to detect, even with metal detectors, and will be available to anyone regardless of age, mental health or criminal history.”
Meanwhile, Wilson responded in a CBS interview by saying: “If I allow you to download an AR-15, I don’t believe that I provide you with anything other than the general knowledge of what an AR-15 is. I am no different from a publisher of information.” Upon notification of the TRO, Wilson tweeted, “By order of a federal judge in the Western District of Washington, http://DEFCAD.com is going dark”. Last Tuesday’s surprise TRO is the latest development in a legal fight that began in 2013 when Wilson first uploaded the plans for his first successful 3D-printed gun, the single-shot Liberator chambered in .380.
Perhaps for some, the block may have come a little too late since CNN has reported that at least 1,000 people were able to download the plans before the site was taken down, and 9 designs, including that of an AR-15, were reportedly uploaded on July 27th. Another hearing on this case has been scheduled for August 10 with Judge Lasnik presiding.