Gun Control Groups Trying to Stop Downloadable Gun Plans

Gungrabber groups launch writing campaign to coerce a federal judge to block it

Published Friday, July 27, 2018
Gun Rights Watch article by GRW Chief Editor

The Who's-Who cadre of usual suspects in gun control have started a furious letter-writing campaign aimed at getting just one federal judge to issue an order to stop Defense Distributed from uploading its CAD files that can instruct a 3D printer on how to create a fully functioning firearm.

This is what the left does when it can't get its way; they'll locate one federal judge who sees things their way and persuade them to issue an order stopping what nefarious activity their precious little liberal sensibilities find deplorable that day, because federal law allows for it.

The Defense Distributed story began in 2012, when they completed the first design and build phase and began live fire testing of the first generation of printable firearms at their headquarters in Austin, Texas. They then uploaded the files to a publicly accessible server. In May of 2013 however, the US State Department requested that the files be removed, which they were, but not before they had been downloaded 100,000 times and re-uploaded to torrent websites.

You may have heard by now that last week, the US Justice Department announced that computer-aided design (CAD) files for fully operational firearms guns are protected by the First Amendment and should therefore be allowed to once again be publicly accessible online. Following the Justice Department’s ruling, Defense Distributed is free to distribute the files again andhas announced that it will return the CAD files online to their servers on August 1st.

By Kamenev - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0,

Which brings us to the gungrabbers' latest hissy fit. They're scrambling to put a stop to the release of the files, which could lead to the proliferation of unserialized and therefore untraceable firearms in the US.

In a letter addressed to a federal judge based in Texas, representatives of Prevent Gun Violence, Everytown for Gun Safety, and the Giffords Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence said that there had been no adequate explanation for the sudden change in federal policy, and that they would request an injunction to block the publishing of the CAD files.

What they fail to realize though, is that technology always finds a way. They might stop it temporarily, but the Information Age is bringing with it access to exponentially more data resources every day -- not all of which they may be happy about.