- The Washington Times - Wednesday, August 1, 2018

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.

NBC News initially reported about the website early Wednesday morning.

A website called Code Is Free Speech was created Tuesday in light of the controversy over what opponents are calling “ghost guns.” Eight different codes are currently posted on the site, including plans for the AR-10 and the AR-15.

Posted plans also include the “Liberator,” which was first posted by Defense Distributed and was blocked by the Obama-era State Department in 2013.

The creators specifically thanked the Texas-based company in their official statement.

“There is no doubt that Cody Wilson and Defense Distributed have inspired countless Americans to exercise their fundamental, individual rights, including through home gunsmithing,” it read.

Firearms Policy Coalition, Firearms Policy Foundation, The Calguns Foundation and the California Association of Federal Firearms Licenses are all listed as leading organizations of the project. The site’s founders argue that code amounts to speech and any attempt by the government to ban publishing the plans violates the first amendment.

“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,” the statement said, “Hand-waving and hyperbole are not compelling government interests and censorship is not proper tailoring under the law.”

Another gun advocate copied the new coding website and shared the open-source plans on his WordPress page. The blogger specifically wrote that visitors should make copies and “pass them along.”

These websites may violate the ruling from Seattle, NBC News reported.

U.S. District Judge Robert S. Lasnik ordered that plans to release the code on Wednesday stop and reimposed the original restrictions blocking the publication. Another hearing is scheduled for Aug. 10.

“There is a possibility of irreparable harm because of the way these guns can be made,” Judge Lasnik said.

Cody Wilson, the founder of Defense Distributed, announced that his company was stopping the publication because of the ruling.

However, he told CBS Wednesday that he already published some of the codes a few days prior before the ruling came out.

“The debate is over. The guns are downloadable. The files are in the public domain you cannot take them back,” Mr. Wilson said during an interview for “CBS This Morning.”

“You can adjust your politics to this reality. You will not ask me to adjust mine.”

David Sherfinski contributed to this report.

• Gabriella Muñoz can be reached at gmunoz@washingtontimes.com.

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