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Washington Post: Despite ruling on 3-D printed guns, it remains legal to make your own gun at home
Though a federal judge has temporarily blocked the dissemination of blueprints showing how to make guns using 3-D printers, it remains legal for people to make their own firearms at home without a license — a relatively rare practice but one that the government can’t fully monitor.
Virginia AG Dismisses Rural School District's Plan to Arm Employees as a "scheme"
For months, the Lee County (VA) School Board has been studying ways to ensure the safety of teachers and students on campus. The county, located in the southwestern corner of the state, only has four school resource officers for 11 schools, and don't have funding to hire more. In the mountainous, rural area there isn't always a Sheriff's deputy nearby, so administrators can't count on a quick law enforcement response to an active shooter situation.
The Washington Times: White House: DOJ didn't consult Trump on 3D-printed guns
The White House said Wednesday that the Justice Department did not consult President Donald Trump when officials dropped litigation that would have prevented the posting of instructions on how to make 3D-printed plastic guns, which are illegal to own or assemble.
Guns.com: NY SAFE Act sponsor gets 7 years on federal graft, corruption charges
For the second time since 2015, Silver, a Manhattan Democrat, was unanimously found guilty after a jury trial in May of making millions off private schemes conducted in part through his public office. The ruling came following a retrial after his first conviction was overturned by an appeals court. In all, Silver is believed to have taken $4 million in bribes as well as pocketing another $1 million through money laundering the proceeds.
Washington Times: Judge's order backfires as activists rush to share 3D gun designs
A judge’s attempt to halt the spread of blueprints for 3D-printed guns backfired Wednesday as the plans spread across the internet, posted and shared by people who said they were determined to strike a blow for free speech, to protect gun rights, or just to thumb their nose at the government.
Breitbart: Gun Rights Coalition Posts 3D Print Code Despite Judge’s Order, Says ‘Code Is Free Speech’
Gun and speech rights advocates posted 3D print codes Wednesday despite a judge’s order restraining Cody Wilson from posting his files for public access.
National Review: A Federal Judge Launches a Futile, Unconstitutional Effort to Block Blueprints for 3D-Printed Guns
If there’s a hall of fame for futile, symbolic, and ultimately unconstitutional federal court orders, the temporary restraining order just issued in Seattle blocking Defense Distributed and the Second Amendment Foundation from posting blueprints for 3D-printed guns deserves at least a plaque, if not a full display. The court’s order temporarily overturns a Trump administration legal settlement that reversed an Obama-era policy designed mainly to limit the spread of the relevant files abroad, not here at home. I love NPR’s sardonic Twitter response:
Reason: President Trump is no friend to 3D printed plastic guns, says WH Press Secretary
Following the court's Tuesday decision, Defense Distributed founder Cody Wilson announced that his website, DEFCAD.com, would go dark in compliance. Wilson removed the plans from the internet. Since that time, a mirror site called CodeIsFreeSpeech.com appeared. Considering that the advocacy groups behind the new site were not listed as defendants in the suit, they are free from the ruling.
NBC: Gun rights activists post plans for 3D firearms after judge's order blocking them
A coalition of gun rights advocates challenged a federal judge's order temporarily barring a Texas company from publishing blueprints on the web to make untraceable 3D-printed guns by publishing similar blueprints itself on Tuesday, saying such publications were protected by the First Amendment.
The Washington Times: Gun-advocate websites publish plans for downloadable guns after judge blocks their release
A group of gun rights activists posted downloadable blueprints to create 3D plastic guns Tuesday evening from their own sites, even after a Seattle-based judge placed a temporary restraining order blocking the original company’s launch.
Reason: Cody Wilson takes gun plans offline after judge issues restraining order
A few hours after U.S. District Judge Robert Lasnik, a Clinton appointee, muzzled Defense Distributed with a court order Tuesday evening, the CodeIsFreeSpeech.com mirror site appeared. It's a project of the Calguns Foundation, the Firearms Policy Coalition, and other civil rights groups, and includes freely downloadable computer-aided design (CAD) files for the AR-15, AR-10, Ruger 10-22, Beretta 92FS, and other firearms.
Red State: Defense Distributed Takes 3D Gun Plans Offline, But They Can Be Found Here
Shortly after that, a new site, CodeIsFreeSpeech.com, mirrored Wilson’s DEFCAD.com site. The site, a project of Firearms Policy Coalition, Firearms Policy Foundation, The Calguns Foundation, California Association of Federal Firearms Licensees, and unnamed individuals, was announced with a tweet from FPC.
Google Play's developer policy updated to ban firearm sales apps
There are hundreds of thousands of apps on Google Play which reach millions of users. With that in mind, Google has a developer policy in place to restrict what can and cannot be downloaded from the Play Store. Recently, the company has updated that policy to restrict cryptocurrency mining apps, among others…
Ozarks First: Missouri candidate receives death threats for gun device giveaway
A controversial giveaway has sparked several death threats on social media against Missouri Republican U.S. Senate candidate Austin Petersen. During a podcast on Missourinet affiliate KZRG in Joplin, Petersen says the threats center around his giveaway of a device that can make untraceable guns.
Firearm-Related Speech, Machining Instructions, Codes Published By Civil Rights Organizations, Activists at New CodeIsFreeSpeech.com Website
Should any tyrants wish to chill or infringe the rights of the People, we would welcome the opportunity to defend freedom whenever, wherever, and however necessary. Hand-waving and hyperbole are not compelling government interests and censorship is not proper tailoring under the law.
MLive: Schools can ban guns on school property, Michigan Supreme Court rules
ANN ARBOR, MI - School districts in Michigan can legally ban guns on school property, the state's highest court has ruled.
WGAL: Site for 3D printed gun files blocked in Pennsylvania
Attorney General Josh Shapiro, Gov. Tom Wolf, and state police said they've now blocked access to 3D downloadable guns in Pennsylvania. After an emergency hearing in Philadelphia Sunday, the company Defense Distributed agreed to make its sites inaccessible to Pennsylvania users, and to not upload any new 3D gun files.
LA Times: Pro-Open Carry Ruling As Fraudulent As Heller Ruling
The Los Angeles Times published an editorial on July 26, claiming the Ninth Circuit’s pro-open carry ruling is fraudulent and reiterating their position that the ruling in District of Columbia v. Heller (2008) is fraudulent too.
WUSA9: National march against gun violence planned in front of NRA headquarters
According to a tweet, the group officially got approval to shut down part of the street in front of the National Rifle Association’s headquarters in Fairfax, Virginia on August 4.
Vermont Governor's approval tanks following gun control bills
Gov. Phil Scott saw a sharp drop in approval in the second quarter of 2018, the latest Morning Consult poll shows, a plummet that political analysts are attributing to his decision earlier this year to tighten the state’s gun laws.
Auburn Pub: Rep. John katko drafting 'red flag' bill to remove guns from dangerous people
Katko, R-Camillus, announced his plan during a telephone town hall meeting Tuesday night. The specifics of the bill weren't immediately available, but he said the measure would create a grant program to help states establish red flag laws.
Fox: Eric Church says NRA is to blame for Las Vegas festival mass shooting
Church, who said he considers himself a "Second Amendment guy," blamed the NRA and gun lobbyists for being a "roadblock" to gun safety in a new interview.
Vice: Gun rights supporters are following Parkland students around on their gun control tour
Students who survived the Feb. 14 shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland are on a countrywide bus tour called the “Road to Change” this summer to push for gun reform legislation. They’ve gained a following — and not only the one you might expect.
Gun Free Zone: MDA's facts are wrong on FL CCW
Florida does not have a live fire requirement to obtain a CCW permit. Illinois and Nebraska have live fire qualifications mandated by state law – i.e. so many rounds at various distances, with a specific number of hits on a Q or B27 target. Other states have similar requirements but I’ve actually shot the Illinois and Nebraska courses.