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3-D Printable Gun File Sharers Face Threats of Criminal Charges by NJ Officials

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Defense Distributed’s legal troubles continue.

On February 2, New Jersey Attorney General Gurbir Grewal threatened to use criminal prosecution on any individuals who share files that detail manufacturing plans for 3D printable guns.

Defense Distributed and Second Amendment organizations like the Firearms Policy Coalition have banded together in a lawsuit against the state of New Jersey.  The passage of S2465, a law which bans 3D printable guns, has spurred this controversy. S2465 specifically targets Defense Distributed and CodeIsFreespeech.com for their publishing of firearm-related files.

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CodeIsFreespeech.com has been republishing gun files since Defense Distributed was forced to temporarily take them offline as a result of a previous injunction. Now CodeIsFreech.com’s files have also been taken offline until the current lawsuit is settled. S2465, which received praise from Attorney General Grewal, creates a First Amendment exception for information concerning firearm manufacturing. It is currently illegal for “a person to distribute by any means, including the Internet… digital instructions in the form of computer-aided design files or other code or instructions… that may be used to program a three-dimensional printer to manufacture or produce a firearm, firearm receiver, magazine, or firearm component.”

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A broad-based prohibition, S2465 not only bans the manufacturing of firearms but also criminalizes information that details how firearms are manufactured. The penalties are stiff, with fines and imprisonment of up to 10 years for violations of this law.

Since the Trump Administration and Defense Distributed reached a settlement in 2018 that allowed the 3D printable firearm company to freely disseminate their files as of August 1, 2018, Defense Distributed has been mired in all sorts of legal problems. Eight states got the ball rolling by petitioning a federal judge in Seattle to issue a restraining order against Defense Distributed before the State Department’s agreement came into action. They would soon be joined by 11 more states who put even more pressure on the federal judiciary to take action against Defense Distributed.

These efforts eventually culminated with Federal judge Robert Lasnik’s decision to issue an injunction against Defense Distributed’s plans. This injunction blocked Defense Distributed’s previous settlement with the Trump administration that gave it permission to freely disseminate their files.

Knowing that the courts would take their time, states like New Jersey took the initiative by passing 3D printable gun bans of their own. Despite the obstacles in front of it, Defense Distributed has trucked along and is now fighting back against all attempts to undermine its ambitious project.

Founded in 2012, Defensed Distributed is one of the more revolutionary projects in the Second Amendment space, with the explicit aim of democratizing gun ownership. The political establishment and gun control fanatics nationwide will do everything they can to stop Defense Distributed. But time is on Defense Distributed’s side. As technology advances, it will become more difficult for gun control to be implemented.

And that should make any gun owner optimistic about the future.

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Minnesota Had Record Numbers of Concealed Carry Licenses Issued in 2020

Red or blue, Americans nationwide are getting strapped.

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Gun sales have boomed all across America. And it’s not just the Red states. Blue states like Minnesota have also witnessed an increase in the number of concealed carry permits issued. 

According to Valley News Live, over 96,000 permits were issued in 2020, which represented the highest number of permits issued since carry permits became legal in 2003. Furthermore, 2020’s numbers represented a twofold increase from 2019 in the number of permits issued. 

Tom Knighton of Bearing Arms noted that roughly “400,000 permits have been issued in total in a state of just over 5.6 million people.”

The Valley News Live piece actually conceded that the increase in permits issued was largely the result of a “ rise in violent crime in the Twin Cities and the civil unrest that followed the death of George Floyd.”

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Minneapolis was the epicenter of social unrest after the death of George Floyd in late May 2020. With calls to defund the police and irresponsible political leadership that refused to decisively crack down on crime, Minnesotans began to take matters into their own hands.

Gun owners are ultimately the most effective first responders in times of crisis and overall breakdowns of social order. Minnesota’s gun laws are actually quite strict, which has earned it dismal rankings in Guns & Ammo magazine’s rankings for Best States for Gun Owners (39th place) and Best States for Concealed Carry (37th place). Regardless of the sub-optimal gun policies, Minnesotans still instinctively understand the importance of the right to carry.

2020 was a big year for gun sales and showed that the right to bear arms still has a massive constituency of people that can be targeted and activated for future occasions. Serious Republican campaigns should recognize this trend and make targeting gun owners a major priority throughout their get out the vote programs.

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