On Tuesday, a Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals three-judge panel vacated a lower court’s injunction that had blocked Defense Distributed from sharing electronic files for 3D printed gun and parts. It was the latest move in a battle between Defense Distributed and the government that’s been going on for more than eight years.
The injunction had been sought by a group of 22 state attorneys general, plus the AG of the District of Columbia. The AGs were terribly concerned by the prospect of Defense Distributed making 3D files available to the public. It threatened their authoritah…and that could not be allowed to continue.
The AGs are apparently blissfully unaware that 3D gun files are already available across the intertubes and can be easily downloaded by anyone who wants them.
Be that as it may, with the injunction now quashed, Defense Distributed, via its DEFCAD site, has made all of its 3D files available to the public. Anyone can download them free of charge and Defense Distributed has released all copyrights on the designs.
As more users download them, that puts the files into the public domain and should prevent the government from being able to claim an ITAR violation again.
The state attorneys general will no doubt move for an en banc hearing of the issue with the Ninth Circuit. And they are probably — even as we speak — trying to get themselves before a judge to argue for an emergency injunction to stop DEFCAD’s 3D file free-for-all until the Ninth can rule again.
But in the mean time, the files are out there. You can download them to your heart’s content. And you should, even if you don’t ever plan to use them. Having them widely distributed and in the public domain keeps them from being being regulated by any officious anti-gun politicians who think that it’s actually possible to stop the signal.