In response, five gun-rights activist groups based in California and Washington state posted a website called Code Is Free Speech, along with what it advertised were CAD blueprints for several high-powered firearms, including the AR-15 semiautomatic rifle, the AR-10 battle rifle and the Beretta 92FS semiautomatic pistol.
The site could be in violation of Lasnik’s order, which barred the federal government from enforcing the settlement with Defense Distributed “as if the modification had not occurred and the letter had not been issued.”
Actually no. No, they’re not in violation of the judge’s order at all.
Monday’s Aurora, Colorado police-involved shooting . . .
It all began early Monday morning, when a naked man pushed through Black’s front door and entered the Aurora home. The intruder pulled the sleeping 11-year-old off the couch, then attempted to strangle him and drown him in a bathtub.
Black, a 73-year-old decorated war veteran, fought back with his stepson, and they struck the intruder on the head with a vase, but the naked man refused to back down and continued attacking the boy. The grandfather, who had a concealed-carry permit, then fatally shot the intruder with his 9mm pistol, an attorney for his family told The Denver Post.
The situation then took an unthinkably tragic turn. When Aurora Police Department officers arrived at the scene at about 1:30 a.m., a cop shot and killed Black, whom authorities said was still armed. The department later issued a statement saying the scene was “chaotic and violent” when cops arrived.
LAPD body-cam footage shows shooting that killed hostage, armed suspect
That’s two dead hostages in the last two weeks . . .
Police released graphic body-cam footage on Tuesday in connection to an shooting in Los Angeles that left an armed suspect and a hostage dead last month.
The video, recorded on June 16, showed Los Angeles Police Department officers as they responded to a call about a suspect, later identified as Guillermo Perez, who had reportedly stabbed his ex-girlfriend moments earlier, according to police.
Responding officers arrived to the scene in Los Angeles’ Van Nuys area at around 1 p.m. to find Perez standing outside a church with a metal folding chair and a large kitchen knife in his hands, according to the footage.
Pay attention to what they do, not what they say . . .
The White House is slamming the Department of Justice for dropping litigation that would have prevented the posting of instructions on how to make 3D-printed guns.
Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Wednesday that DOJ “made a deal without the president’s approval.”
She said the president was “glad this efforts was delayed” so he can review the material. Sanders added that the administration supports the longstanding law against owning plastic guns.
That’s because they make no attempt to understand it . . .
1) Nothing of any new significance to anyone but Defense Distributed really happened. That company, founded by Cody Wilson, a provocateur who designed the first functional 3D-printed plastic gun, is now out from under an expensive multi-year lawsuit against the federal government. The suit challenged the feds for using arcane International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) rules to restrain his group from distributing potentially gun-making software. The organization can now pursue its business/cause of distributing hardware and software for home gun use freely. …
2) This is not about the Trump administration being wild pro-gun ideologues. Despite speculations spread, for example, in a Wired story on the settlement, the decision was a specific technical decision based on ITAR, not about feeding or appeasing some imagined Second Amendment fanaticism on Trump’s part. …
3) The case is as much about free speech as it is about gun rights. Since the case ended via settlement and not a decision, no explicit precedent has been set that these specific computer instructional files count as expression protected under the First Amendment. But that was the core of the legal argument Defense Distributed was making, and is still having to make against all the new authorities trying to restrain it.
Have you been wondering how hoplophobic havens like Massachusetts come up with the laws they do?