If you’re a regular reader, you’re familiar with the saga of Cody Wilson’s Defense Distributed and their years-long battle to make files for producing their 3-D printed firearms available online. After finally settling with the Justice Department, they were cleared to distribute the files beginning August 1. But a last minute restraining order put up another roadblock.
So while Defense Distributed’s designs are still widely available thanks to Al Gore’s greatest invention (just click here to download the files) Wilson’s still left to fight for his First and Second Amendment rights. It’s a battle that we all have a stake in.
Defense Distributed just issued an email blast asking for help in covering the mounting costs of carrying on that fight. Here’s their appeal:
In July, you may have heard that Defense Distributed won a settlement from the US Dept of State to publish gun blueprints online. We in fact received a license to publish our software, and we consider it a landmark victory for the 1st and 2nd Amendments, hard won after many years in federal court. But on the day we began publishing files at DEFCAD.com, we faced a tidal wave of lawsuits from Blue State Democrat attorneys general.
We are being sued by 21* states across four venues in this country. Having funded the last five years of fighting exclusively through this business, we must ask for additional help shouldering the burden. We thank you for you years of interest in our cause, and ask to you watch the video below.