Major lawsuit may succeed in overturning California’s ban on 3D-printed guns

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(Natural News) Second Amendment supporters don’t have much use for blue-state because Democrats tend to severely limit the right to keep and bear arms as much as they can get by with.

That includes California, of course, which has some of the most restrictive (and appalling) gun restrictions in the country.

But 2A supporters are pinning their hopes on a major lawsuit that stands a decent chance of having California’s ban on 3D-printed firearms struck down.

The pioneers of such guns, Defense Distributed, have filed what could be a landmark legal action against the state after Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom signed AB 1621 into law recently, which bans the manufacture of 3D firearms, which are called “ghost guns” by the left. The case, Defense Distributed v. Bonta, may establish a precedent for the regulation of firearms that are privately manufactured.

The California legislation makes it a criminal offense to buy, possess, or use CNC machines and 3D printers in order to manufacture guns or gun parts. The lawsuit challenges the statute under the auspices of the recent U.S. Supreme Court decision in NYSRPA v. Bruen.

In that case, the nation’s highest court ruled that legal challenges involving the Second Amendment have to be rooted in the text of the amendment and be informed by history. Also, the same ruling struck down a means-to-an-end scrutiny guide that lower courts have often used to uphold state-level laws governing firearms.

“Defense Distributed claims that there is no historical tradition of regulating the tools or parts used to make private arms. This means there is no historical precedent for California’s ban on CNC Machines & 3D Printers,” Zero Hedge reported.


Second Amendment Foundation President Alan M. Gottleib noted: “What we’re talking about is a milling process, which is common in modern manufacturing of a wide range of products, including firearm frames and receivers. Despite the long-standing tradition of personal firearms manufacture by private citizens, California has now criminalized the process.”

The Democratic left claims that unregistered firearms present a ‘safety’ problem in communities and thus, ghost guns should be banned. But in reality, what poses the biggest threat in Democrat-run cities are far-left, George Soros-funded district attorneys who refuse to prosecute violent criminals and allow them back out on the streets — where they then victimize citizens who are otherwise not allowed to be armed themselves due to laws passed by the same Democrats.

Part of the lawsuit filed by Distributed Defense also takes on another California statute, SB1327, which forces anyone who challenges a state gun law in court liable to pay the state’s attorney fees at any stage of the litigation. That law has been described even by the left-wing American Civil Liberties Union as using “flawed logic.”

“California responds to the historic Bruen decision by 1) banning your right to make a gun, and 2) booby-trapping their state courts for anyone who’d dare to ask for it back,” Cody Wilson, Founder of Defense Distributed, explained. “Yet another example of liberals shredding the 1st Amendment to deny the 2nd.”

The company actually has a history of winning cases it has filed in defense of 3D-printed firearms. For example, in 2018, the company settled with the U.S. Department of Justice which allowed Defense Distributed to publish its designs online without fear of retribution.

Defense Distributed and The Second Amendment Foundation are asking a federal court for an injunction against the enforcement of AB 1621, which would be the right thing have happen.

The fact is, any reasonable reading of the Second Amendment would negate most, if not all, firearms restrictions and laws because of the clause “shall not be infringed.” That includes former inmates who have been let out of prison after serving their terms.

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