Turns out the ruling against Defense Distributed said he couldn’t give the file away indiscriminately. So he will sell them. Man Behind 3D Gun Files Spoils The Left’s Celebration Over Ban With Major Announcement.
“This judge’s order, stopping us from simply giving things away, was only an authorization that we could sell it, that we could mail it, that we could email it, that we could provide it by secure transfer. I will be doing all of those things, now,” announced Wilson.
Proceeds from the files will go for legal fees.
You can get all your 3D printer files (and other files) at DEFCAD.COM, where you can also buy 80% lowers and a Ghost Gunner.
The 30-year-old said he’s “happy now to become the iTunes of downloadable guns if I can’t be the Napster,” but added that it was somewhat “regrettable” that state attorneys general drove him into the commercial space.
Hat tip to Silicon Graybeard, who notes Cody Wilson Sticks A Finger in the Judge’s Eye -Metaphorically speaking, of course.
In what was a completely expected reaction by the Left, Defense Distributed was ordered by a judge in “Western Washington” (How deep blue is Seattle?) to have the data on 3D printing guns, that was on the site, taken down.
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Technical specs for guns (3D-printed and otherwise) can now be online. A LANDMARK LEGAL SHIFT OPENS PANDORA’S BOX FOR DIY GUNS
He published 3D-printing instructions for a single-shot firearm. Called the Liberator. The federal government charged him with violating weapons export laws.. Instead of giving up (which his first lawyers advised him to do) he sued under the First Amendment to the Constitution. (Oh, and he fired those give-up lawyers.)
Instead, Wilson has spent the last years on an unlikely project for an anarchist: Not simply defying or skirting the law but taking it to court and changing it. In doing so, he has now not only defeated a legal threat to his own highly controversial gunsmithing project. He may have also unlocked a new era of digital DIY gunmaking that further undermines gun control across the United States and the world—another step toward Wilson’s imagined future where anyone can make a deadly weapon at home with no government oversight
The Wired Article is long, there are shorter versions of the story on other sites, but it is complete, including the reference to the Goliad flag.
While is isn’t a complete victory. (Wilson’s company got a unique license) it will be hard for the government to go after anyone else, since they basically admitted there were First Amendment issues with their original position. (Hat tip to Claire Wolfe.)