Texan says he's selling 3D-printed gun plans after ruling

Texan says he's selling 3D-printed gun plans after ruling

Cody Wilson says he began selling the plans Tuesday morning and that he believes that selling them, instead of posting the plans for free, will not run afoul of the Seattle federal judge's Monday order.

The unveiled game plan came on the heels of a federal court order blocking the Texas-based company from publishing gun blueprints online.

Almost two dozen state attorneys-general sued and won an injunction this week from Judge Robert S. Lasnik, who ordered the federal government to go back to the Obama-era policy for now.

Going further, the jurist, a former King County Prosecutor named to the bench in 1998 by President Clinton, questioned Wilson's motive for wanting to publish the files, saying, "The very objective for which the private defendants seek to release this technical data is to arm every citizen outside of the government's traditional control mechanisms of licenses, serial numbers, and registration".

"Everyone in America who wants the files will get the files", Wilson said.

"I'm happy to do anything that the judge has permitted", said Wilson, calling the 25-page order an "authorization" of his operation. "The judge was very gracious to put that in black lettering". However, Wilson argues that sharing the files is protected under free speech. He said he'll sell the plans for as little as a penny to anyone in the US who wants them.

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But the states' chief law enforcement officers do not condone Wilson's newfound strategy.

"Because of our lawsuit, it is once again illegal to post downloadable gun files to the internet. I trust the federal government will hold Cody Wilson, a self-described 'crypto-anarchist, ' accountable to that law", Ferguson said.

This decision is in response to a lawsuit brought by 19 attorneys general, who sought to block the release of the plans when they were slated to become available online in July.

Lasnik's injunction aimed at "maintaining the status quo" and preventing mainstream acquisition of the files.

The move comes a day after a federal judge in Seattle extended his order to ban the release of the files online. "The court completely sidestepped the critical First Amendment issues at stake in the case", she said.

For years Wilson sold, and still sells, software for Ghost Gunner, a PC-connected milling machine. But he will make them available through other formats, too. Now, he said, he will charge for the files, at a price to be determined by each consumer. Promising to detect the undetectable while at the same time removing a significant regulatory hurdle to the proliferation of these weapons - both domestically and internationally - rings hollow and in no way ameliorates, much less avoids, the harms that are likely to befall the States if an injunction is not issued. "I doubt seriously that it's a real problem", he added.

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