The Road to Protect Free Speech

CL AMERICA CORP is in the education business not the gun control policy space at the moment, with our projects focusing on the environmental impact of firearm use. But, the CL in our name stands for Civil Liberties.

Cody Wilson, owner of Defense Distributed, holds a 3-D printed gun, called the “Liberator” in his factory in Austin, Texas, on Aug.

we must stand up when his rights are violated. Let it be known we are not well educated on his beliefs, and his reasoning, so don’t take that as an endorsement or denunciation towards him. From a free speech perspective, we support Defense Distributed, and Cody Wilson’s effort and his rights and his the rights of his non-profit to publish information “giving the people the basic understanding to make weapons”.  The United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit case Bernstein v. Department of Justice established that code is free speech, that case was involving encryption software, and like Defense Distributed’s case involved International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) export restrictions. Also with current First Amendment jurisprudence, The Anarchist Cookbook also as a book on creating deadly implements as a book is completely protected. We believe if Cody Wilson published his information in the form of a book it would be completely protected with no issues, so why would the court think the modern equivalent to book publication is not protected the same?

Defense Distributed is now selling plans on its website at any price you are willing to pay and shipping the material via mail which is allowed under the current federal court order. Yet, he is still unable to give the information away for free.

Now that this technology is out, and as Cody Wilson said “The debate is over” lawmakers need to create reasonable regulations, that respect the long tradition of private gun manufacturing in Texas and throughout this country. This new technology needs to be regulated in ways that protect our civil rights, and we will be working with Democrat legislators to suggest sensible controls that can be put into place.

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