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The Obama State Department forced Defense Distributed to remove 3D print files from the internet in 2013. Two years later, on May 6, 2015, Defense Distributed and the Second Amendment Foundation filed suit against the State Department, saying the prohibition against posting gun files violated First Amendment rights.
On July 10, 2018, Wired reported that Defense Distributed reached a settlement with the Trump State Department, whereby they would be allowed to upload 3D gun and gun part files to the internet, beginning August 1, 2018. But nearly 20 states and Washington, DC, sought a restraining order to block Defense Distributed, and company founder Cody Wilson, from uploading the files. As a result, the uploads were postponed and a court case on the settlement was scheduled to begin today, August 21, 2018.
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The U.S. Justice Department filed a brief in the case explaining that the State Department’s role rests in “determining what technology and weaponry provides a critical military or intelligence advantage such that it should not be shipped without restriction from the United States to other countries (or otherwise provided to foreigners), where, beyond the reach of U.S. law, it could be used...
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