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Judge bans online distribution of 3D-printed gun blueprints until court case is resolved


On Wednesday's episode of "The Morning Blaze," Doc Thompson spoke with Emily Taylor, an independent program attorney at U.S. Law Shield, to discuss the ongoing proceedings regarding the distribution of blueprints for 3D-printed guns.

The U.S. Law Shield is a legal defense organization for self-defense cases founded in 2009 with the goal of protecting citizens fed up with abuse in the legal system toward gun owners.

Taylor spoke of a recent order by a judge to block the distribution of files for printing 3D guns.

"What's happened is the federal government came to this distributor and said, 'You can't distribute this blueprint. You're an illegal exporter.' And so Defense Distributor stopped. They were complying with the government and they were trying to make their arguments trying to get, essentially, a government opinion letter that said they could," Taylor explained. "And when the federal government and the Department of State were dragging their feet and were not complying with sort of the appropriate timeline, Defense Distributed down in Texas actually sued the federal government."

On Monday, an injunction was handed down by U.S. District Judge Robert Lasnik of Seattle against Defense Distributed, a Texas-based company that's arguing that the distribution of the blueprint is protected under the First and Second Amendment of the U.S. Constitution.

On July 31, the same judge issued a prior order and blocked the release of the blueprints hours ahead of their scheduled release. That order expired Tuesday and now the new order will remain in effect until the case is resolved.

Taylor then detailed what the federal government did to settle the lawsuit by removing a category of firearms from the U.S. munition's list.

Catch the clip above to see the full interview regarding the case and what legal battle lies ahead.

To see more from Doc, visit his channel on TheBlaze and listen live to “The Morning Blaze with Doc Thompson” weekdays 6 a.m. – 9 a.m. ET, only on TheBlaze Radio Network.

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