July 31, 2018 | Number of The Day
State AGs filing lawsuit to prevent company from releasing plans for 3D guns on Internet

New Jersey’s Attorney General Gurbir Grewal has joined with nine other state attorneys general in a lawsuit to prevent a firearms developer from releasing computer files that can be used to create untraceable guns on a 3-D printer.

The developer, a Texas-based company called Defense Distributed, has threatened to release the files to the public on Wednesday, August 1, 2018.

The complaint against the U.S. Department of State, filed yesterday by Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson in federal court, was joined by California, Connecticut, the District of Columbia, Maryland, Massachusetts, New York, New Jersey, Oregon, and Pennsylvania. The action seeks to stop a settlement and rule changes that would allow Defense Distributed to post files online to allow individuals to print guns using 3-D printers.

“These dangerous files,” Grewal said, “would allow anyone — including terrorists, domestic abusers, felons, fugitives, and juveniles — to print untraceable assault weapons using a 3D printer.”

Grewal also filed a lawsuit in Superior Court in Essex County, seeking a temporary restraining order against Defense Distributed and its founder, Cody Wilson. The lawsuit follows a cease-and-desist letter the attorney general sent the company on Thursday, July 26, 2018.

On Sunday, July 29, 2018, Defense Distributed and the Second Amendment Foundation, a gun-rights organization, sued Attorney General Grewal in federal district court in Austin, seeking to stop him from preventing publication of the company’s computer files on its website, known as DEFCAD. The same day, Wilson claimed on his personal Twitter account that he had taken steps to prevent the distribution of those files in New Jersey, stating “Yes, DEFCAD has been blocked in New Jersey.”

Despite that claim, as noted in New Jersey’s court filings yesterday, the Defense Distributed website remains accessible in New Jersey.