Cody Wilson — of Defense Distributed and 3D-printed gun fame — has won his multi-year battle with the federal government.
The fundamental question is whether making 3D models of gun components available online is covered by the free speech rights granted by the First Amendment.
This is a timely but complex conflict because it touches on two themes that happen to be, for many, ethically contradictory. Arguments for tighter restrictions on firearms are, in this case, directly opposed to arguments for the unfettered exchange of information on the internet. It’s hard to advocate for both here: restricting firearms and restricting free speech are one and the same.
That at least seems to be conclusion of the government lawyers, who settled Wilson’s lawsuit after years of court battles.
By all means, read the full Wired article linked from the shorter piece I quoted. It’s politically biased, but quite good in describing the coup Wilson and his lawyers pulled and some of the implications of the surprising settlement of his lawsuit.
This is grand in so many ways. For guns. For 3D printing in general. For DIY tech. For an abundant future. For free speech. For resistance to tyranny. For more than I can think of right now.
Today has been a good, good day for freedom.