Gun control
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The free speech fight over DIY guns

First Amendment | Government reaches to regulate 3D-printed firearms
by Bonnie Pritchett
Posted 8/07/18, 03:51 pm

Dueling lawsuits filed in federal courts in Washington state and Texas last week seek to control the home production of 3D-printed plastic guns. Gun rights and free speech advocates say the state and federal government actions threaten the right to bear arms and stymie speech before it is uttered or, in this case, downloaded.

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Judge blocks release of instructions for 3D-printed guns

by Kent Covington
Posted 8/01/18, 10:46 am

A federal judge Tuesday blocked a scheduled Wednesday release of instructions for do-it-yourself plastic firearms. After a yearslong court battle, the State Department in late June settled a case against Defense Distributed, which sought to publish online instructions on how to make a gun using a 3D printer. The State Department said it initially took the Austin, Texas–based company to court because it wanted to prevent the wrong people from making firearms overseas.

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Oliver North picked to lead NRA

by Leigh Jones
Posted 5/08/18, 11:34 am

The National Rifle Association announced Monday that retired U.S. Marine Lt. Col. Oliver North, a popular speaker and conservative commentator, will serve as its next president. North brings a level of star power to the organization that has operated quietly for several years. But the renewed push for gun restrictions following several mass shootings put the spotlight once again on one of the country’s most influential lobbying groups.

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