Campaign to Stop Defense Distributed Goes Down in Flames

Federal judge rejects last minute challenge by biggest gun control groups

Published Monday, July 30, 2018

In an update to our earlier story, the triad of gun control groups trying to coerce a federal judge into halting the release of gun plans for 3D printers has failed, as the groups had no legal standing to intervene in the case.

In Austin, Texas, US District Judge Robert Pitman denied the request by three groups at a hearing. The Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence, Everytown for Gun Safety, and the Giffords Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence had petitioned jointly to attempt an injunction. Together they likely comprise the largest gun control groups in the country.

The groups had attempted to intervene after the State Department came to a settlement with Defense Distributed to legally publish gun blueprints online, which had been ordered taken down in 2013, citing national security risks.

This last failure to stop the distribution means that the files will be available for public download within 24 hours from right now. Several gun law analysts such as Lawrence Keane from the National Shooting Sports Foundation have stated their belief that the plans would have no real impact on the illegal gun trade anyway, as producing the firearms would still be time consuming and expensive.

Besides, anyone who wanted to download the files still had the opportunity to do so for the past five years from other sources.