Wednesday, February 6, 2019

New Jersey Slaps Criminal Penalties on Gun Manufacturing Instructions: New at Reason

By Reason Staff - February 06, 2019 at 11:15AM

A federal lawsuit that Defense Distributed and Second Amendment groups filed late Tuesday is challenging New Jersey's attempt to rid the internet of information about how to make 3D-printable firearms.

The First Amendment lawsuit is a response to New Jersey Attorney General Gurbir Grewal's ongoing campaign to restrict firearm-related manufacturing instructions, which escalated to a threat of criminal prosecution on February 2. A new state law, which Grewal hailed as a win for "public safety," makes it a crime for "a person to distribute by any means, including the Internet... digital instructions in the form of computer-aided design files or other code or instructions... that may be used to program a three-dimensional printer to manufacture or produce a firearm, firearm receiver, magazine, or firearm component."

This is a remarkably broad prohibition: it goes beyond banning the manufacturing of firearms and instead criminalizes information about how to manufacture firearms, writes Declan McCullagh for Reason.

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