The ATF used a lot of words that invite lawsuits and leave industry insiders baffled.
The ATF is expected to adopt a new rule requiring that the metal parts hobbyists used to manufacture their DIY weapons be registered as legal firearms. So Cody Wilson made those parts unnecessary.
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Gun Control Is Still Dead: Paloma Heindorff on Homemade Firearms and Defense Distributed After Cody Wilson
After Cody Wilson was arrested on a sex crime charge, Heindorff took the helm at Defense Distributed. Now she's leading a massive free speech battle over the right to download a gun.
Defense Distributed and the Second Amendment Foundation insist that law violates the First Amendment, Commerce Clause, and Supremacy Clause.
Reloaders and DIY gunmakers alike are motivated by innovation and a willingness to make for themselves what the government doesn't want them to have.
Wilson's passport was revoked following a warrant for his arrest in Texas for having paid sex with an underage girl.
Cody Wilson, Home Weapon-Making Pioneer, Charged with Sexual Assault for Paying for Sex with a Minor
He is not yet in custody and is believed to be in Taiwan.
Cody Wilson's attorney talks guns, speech, and "Lochner-izing the First Amendment."
It's never been illegal to make your own firearms.
The Important but Arcane Procedural Issue That Might Upend the Restraining Order Against Defense Distributed
Did the settlement with the distributor of home gun-making hardware and software remove computer files from the United States Munitions List or just temporarily stop treating them as affected munitions?
Three ways of thinking about the problem: 1. Software is like hardware. 2. Software is like instruction manuals. 3. Alexa, read this book and make me a gun.
They are years away (if ever) from becoming the choice of bad guys, who can already make untraceable weapons, so why all the fear-mongering?
But thanks to the internet, it may not matter.
The government's decision to settle a lawsuit with Defense Distributed doesn't change anything significant. It's not Trump's fault. And the underlying case was as much about free speech as it was about guns.
The states allege that the Feds decision to settle its lawsuit with Defense Distributed violates administrative procedure law and the states' 10th Amendment rights.
The authorities threatened the gun-making software and hardware company. Now the company is striking back, citing its First and Second Amendment rights.
The previously prohibited computer files related to making guns at home are now legally available in resolution of long-standing lawsuit involving Cody Wilson and Defense Distributed.
Gun owners can now enjoy First and Second Amendment safeguards.
Second Amendment superlawyer Alan Gura doesn't think the settlement means the Trump administration are across-the-board gun rights defenders.
Cody Wilson fears that major private institutions are trying to make gunmakers non-persons.
His Ghost Gunner and 3D printing are destroying the concept of gun control.