U.S. District Judge Robert Lasnik in Seattle issued the extension of a nationwide injunction, blocking a Texas-based group from disseminating files for printing plastic weapons on the internet.
Lasnik’s prior order, issued on July 31, blocked the release of the blueprints hours before they were set to hit the internet. That ban was due to expire on Tuesday and the new one will remain in place until the case is resolved.
Monday’s decision blocks a settlement between the Trump administration and Defense Distributed, a group that argues access to the online blueprints is guaranteed under the U.S. Constitution’s First and Second Amendments, which protect free speech and the right to bear arms, respectively.
Here’s today’s ruling:
Abridged, but not abrogated. What does that even mean, constitutionally speaking?
The good news is, Judge Lasnik’s order is nothing more than self-gratifying judicial onanism in terms of preventing distribution of files for printing 3D firearms. You can get them right here.
But the fact remains that the judge is violating Cody Wilson’s and Defense Distributed’s First Amendment rights. That represents actual damage that must be fought and overturned. DD vows they aren’t giving up that fight and they’ve appealed for help in covering those considerable costs.