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Oregon Ag joins 3D-Gun Lawsuit

August 1, 2018

By Oregon Attorney General,

Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum joined a multistate lawsuit against the U.S. Department of State seeking to block the Trump Administration’s recent action that will allow downloadable 3D-printed gun tutorials to be available online. The lawsuit asks the court for an immediate nationwide temporary restraining order barring the federal government from making rule changes that will allow 3D gun tutorials to be available online.

The lawsuit, which was filed in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington, argues the federal government’s settlement with Defense Distributed, an organization dedicated to global distribution of open-source, downloadable 3D-printed guns, violates the Administrative Procedure Act and the Tenth Amendment.

Oregon also joined 21 state attorneys general in a letter to urge U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions and U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to immediately withdraw from the settlement because of the reckless disregard to public safety that 3D-guns creates. Once created, 3D-printed guns are nearly untraceable.

“What kind of world are we living in where a criminal, terrorist, or anybody with access to the internet and a 3D printer can build a gun?” said AG Rosenblum. “Once these tutorials to build 3D-guns are unblocked, there is no turning back. This action has been taken in utter disregard for public safety and I will not stand for it!”

In 2015, Defense Distributed, sued the federal government after the U.S. State Department forced the removal of the instruction manuals from the internet. The federal government successfully argued that the manuals violate firearm export laws. However, in an abrupt reversal, the federal government settled the case on June 29, 2018. As part of the settlement, the Trump Administration will allow the downloadable guns for unlimited public distribution in any form, allowing anyone with a 3D printer to make these weapons. Defense Distributed announced that on August 1, it would upload the data files to the internet.

This lawsuit is being filed in federal court in Seattle. Massachusetts, Connecticut, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Oregon, Maryland, New York and the District of Columbia joined Washington’s lawsuit.

“These 3D-gun tutorials create an immediate public safety crisis. A gun made from these files is untraceable, undetectable and breaks the law. If the President and his administration won’t keep these off the streets, then state attorneys general will step up and fight for our safety,” said AG Rosenblum.

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Bill Marrs August 1, 2018

The files have been available on the internet for over 5 years.
There is no Federal or Oregon state law against making your own gun
for your own use, no serial number required.
There has been a law against undetectable guns since 1988, long before
3D guns were a possibility.
The US ban on 3D gun files was never about the gun–it was a ITAR (International Traffic in Arms) issue concerning export of technology.
That point is now moot–as the technology is available internationally.

Mike August 1, 2018

When AG Rosenblum phoned in this interview, did she pick up the handset and crank the hand-wheel before asking for the operator to connect the call?

Her quotes tell volumes. For starters; “Once these tutorials to build 3D-guns are unblocked, there is no turning back.”. Umm… these plans have already been ‘unblocked’ for the last 5 years and freely available to anyone with at least a 300 baud modem. As in we have had five years to see if your armageddon predictions would come true.

And a judge isn’t going to block the internet from sharing information with a piece of paper. Especially when the information has been out there for so long. He may be able to block a single organization from doing it. But he isn’t going to stop the billion computers out there connected to the internet.

Really, I would hope our state AG would know the very basics of how the internet works. She needs to start learning somewhere as she clearly doesn’t understand technology or engineering (much less 3D printers) in general. I hope she can, before she asks libraries to start burning machining and engineering books.

David from Mill City August 1, 2018

There is a major problem with this push by the AGs, the Federal Government does not have the legal authority to forbid the posting of these files on the Internet. They might if it was military technology as that could fall under the ITAR rules, however as is pointed out in the settlement it is the opinion of the U S Department of Defense that Semi-Automatic Firearms are not military weapons. So ITAR does not apply, so the government realizing it had no case settled to get out of the matter cheaply as possible. As to all the possible dangers these guns might pose if made by prohibited individuals and used to commit criminal acts it is important to remember that the legal case that established that there is a 1st Amendment right to publish instructions on how to construct a weapon was about building an atomic bomb.

jim August 1, 2018

” They might if it was military technology as that could fall under the ITAR rules”
Since when does our freedom of the press depend on ITAR rules?

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