O’Connor Strikes Back

Last month a cringing Roberts Court blinked under protest and preserved the Biden frame and receiver rule for the life of the first appeal from a final judgment of the Texas district court. Big sad. That appeal isn’t exactly going well for ATF, as you can hear below, but Roberts is still giving the agency the next two years to have their rule.

VanDerStok CA5 Oral Arguments:

This month, judge O’Connor strikes back with forty two pages of just why he has the authority to issue an injunction against the frame and receiver rule, as to at least two VanDerStok plaintiffs: Defense Distributed and 80 Percent Arms.

DOJ probably appeals, but the Biden admin is now in the worst place they could be: The true believer fanatics in this industry have achieved commercial monopoly. Oops.

In other Biden gun law news, the president’s son will have to argue Bruen to beat his federal case.

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Hey, let’s launch a new product together. We like to do that when we win things.


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VanDerStok and a New Contract

VanDerStok v. Garland, the federal case against the ATF’s new frame and receiver rule, has ended with a summary judgment for the plaintiffs. The ATF noticed its appeal to the Fifth Circuit today.

This is the first federal court case that Defense Distributed has been a party to *and* won. In ten years, one win.

Which goes to show there are many more ways to win than officially winning.

We at DD would like to thank our Legionnaires, many thousands strong after all this time, for your contribution and attention. We’d like to thank Jennifer VanDerStok, Tactical Machining and the FPC as well. VanDerStok went from being an outside shot among many attacks against the ATF frame and receiver rule, to an iconic decision against ATF overreach.

This is a great time, however, to remind those new to our movement that even in the wake of decisions like Bruen and VanDerStok, which are emotionally satisfying if only because they make sense of the law and the institutions, federal cases in guns and gun technology are desperate ground. The judiciary is overwhelmingly stacked against us.

Maybe we can talk about it at Bear Arms N Bitcoin 2023, which has recently opened for registration in Austin.

Anyway, as a Defense Distributed tradition, we release new private defense contracts with the public when we win lawsuits. Though I’m proud of our G0 release and its reception with the DIY pistol community, we’ve got a special piece of technology to show you in August.

You’re going to love it. Thank you for building our company for ten years.


Gun Maker’s Match 3

The third annual Gun Maker’s Match was held in Monroeville, PA last weekend. The event featured competitions in 3D Printed and Kit Build divisions.

We’d like to send a special congratulations to Mr. Snow, who took first in all his divisions this year (PCC, Rifle, and .22). All three of his builds were AR-00, a concept from Ghost Gunner.

Notes on Mr. Snow’s builds:

The 22lr was an AR-00 (Zero Percent) made on the GG3 with a CMMG dedicated 4.5 inch barrel and suppressors.

The 9mm PCC used a 16 inch barrel with a PSA bolt, 10oz buffer, standard AR buffer spring… hybrid 3D printed lower with metal buffer tower.

The rifle is the same hybrid AR-00 print with milled buffer tower.

Mr. Snow

Desktop CNC and home 3D printing are married techniques, and their union should be defended in our movement. Anyone telling you otherwise doesn’t want to win.

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On Ten Years of DEFCAD

This week will mark the ten year anniversary of the first public exposition of the principles of 3D gun printing. The following remarks were made at SXSW in March 2013. We had only just begun work on Liberator.

These words, before a public forum, are the birth of your discourse. Listening to them again, I find the thoughts (to twist Richard III) sent before their time into this breathing world already formed, already finished.

May they be a mirror in which you find your character, 3D gun printer:

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Sacrum Mamurio

Mamurius Veturius is regarded by ancient custom as the smith who made the ancilia that hung in the temple of Mars, the war god. Because the Roman calendar originally began in March, Mamurius rituals once marked the transition from the old year to the new in antiquity.

We have much to thank the war god for this March. He humbles all corporate gun control before our Legion in one week.

In VanDerStok v. Garland, Judge O’Connor delivers an injunction to Defense Distributed. The document follows. This is not just a blow to ATF, who pushed a new definition of “firearm” at their peril. It is also a defeat for Giffords, who were the agents of this illegal attempt to expand the Gun Control Act through the APA process. Their lobbying and regulatory laundry has now spectacularly backfired, and I’m going to personally send them a card and fruit basket.

In Everytown v. DEFCAD, the parties have reached a settlement. According to the terms of that settlement I will say, on behalf of DEFCAD, we are gratified that we were able to work with the parties to reach a resolution and bring this matter to a close. Some words of admonition are warranted for two of our co-defendants, who lost their nerve and composure in this fight. But fear makes men restless. They fall to shouting at night to keep up their courage.

Brady’s cases against Ghost Gunner and the rest of the 80 percent industry connected to the Tehama shooting have also been settled in Orange County, California. Some four years in, Brady admits they never had a case to begin with, and are now rightly being sued by some of the victims’ families for being taken on a ride.

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DefDist Litigation Summer Roundup

Since April our industry was more than busy dealing with Biden’s new ATF rule. Its confused rollout, as well as the frenzied blue state response to the Supreme Court’s decision in Bruen, have made for all kinds of fun and games this summer.

Let’s see where we are as of late September 2022.

VanDerStok v. Garland

On Sept. 2, Tactical Machining and FPC landed an early, mortal blow against the ATF frame and receiver rule in the Northern District of Texas. The court has since denied motions for transfer and is considering expansion of its preliminary injunction to Tactical Machining’s customers, members of FPC, and Defense Distributed.

Defense Distributed v. Platkin

The Fifth Circuit has expedited the appeal in our long-running First Amendment lawsuit against New Jersey and the State Department. Its most recent order is below. We expect to return to New Orleans in November or so for something like a season finale.

Defense Distributed v. Bonta

California’s SB 1327 has law firms across the country staying or dismissing their Second Amendment cases in California. We don’t feel like waiting the bastards out. For us, the next civil war is already here. Best to start digging trenches.

Everytown for Gun Safety v. DEFCAD

You’d have to ask Everytown about this one. Is three appeals to the Second Circuit enough for them? We could make it four by the end of the year, but recent filings would suggest settlement is possible.

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Defense Distributed v. Grewal, Fifth Circuit Arguments, Round Three

It’s once again that time of year where DD travels to New Orleans to watch New Jersey defend its illegal speech law before a hostile appellate panel.

The Fifth Circuit ordered arguments on our injunction motion as quickly as possible this year. This haste, and the fact that none other than Jeremy Feigenbaum has to go to bat for the NJAG, suggests the stakes.

Could this be the one? Guess we’ll see how the judges are feeling tomorrow at 1:00.

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Defense Distributed v. Bonta


Yesterday, with your support, DD and The Second Amendment foundation filed the first Bruen challenge to California’s restrictions on precursor parts and making firearms with modern tools. The bills we’re challenging are AB 1621 and SB 1327.

The case is Defense Distributed v. Robert Bonta et al., 1:2022-cv-06200 (C.D. Cal), and can be read below:

This proxy battle between Texas and California augurs a broader civil war. Read about California’s incredible restrictions, and share with your friends at:

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On Open Source at DEFCAD

The political innocence of the artists at work in our community is a given. 3D gun developers draw firstly from their familiarity with computers and design software, and not from a common ideology.

No doubt zoomer social distress and alienation is the great motor of the guncad struggle. Because this play struggle can be unpredictable, driven by personality disorder, and lack political orientation, we militants at DEFCAD have built organizational and aesthetic buffers to protect the commons. Among these is an enforcement of free and open source licenses for files contributed by the public and our creator partners.

The DEFCAD Terms of Service, Sections 2 and 3, as well as the DEFCAD Content Distribution Agreement, Section 3, require uploaders and partners to expressly declare their uploads are licensed open source, and that they disclaim any legal power that might be used to prevent the FOSS use of these files.

In Marxist terms, aesthetics are a source of tension between artists and militants. I still believe subversive play is more noble than our site’s political “work”, so I offer some communist avenues for anti-DEFCAD radicals:

  • How can 3D2A be a community-for-itself without introducing exclusionary licenses or DRM?
  • How can 3D2A compensate social labor without seeking the wage relation?
  • Is guncad the right setting to confront the “social factory”?
  • What differentiates your ignorance of communist issues from a sub-cultural bad attitude?

GG3 Closed Loop Spindle Control

Beta testing is now open for LEGIO members who would like to work with Ghost Gunner 3’s closed-loop spindle control, a feature supported by all GG3 machines shipped since 2019.

A summary of the changes GG closed-loop spindle control introduces:

  • GG3’s power output broadens considerably and is now offered at the full RPM range – 1500 to 8000.
  • Spindle RPM is now precisely maintained at any speed. The new release provides for this maintenance in firmware, and future DDCut releases will provide an additional layer of maintenance in software via feedrate control.
  • Support for cutting harder materials, including steel, is dramatically expanded. This unlocks considerable new possibilities for GG3 to manufacture new components and accessories.

To see this new firmware in action, view the videos below of the GG3 cutting a 17-4 steel Turner’s cube.

We extend this beta testing invitation to LEGIO members who own a Ghost Gunner 3. All may apply, but preference will be given to individuals who:

  • Have a background in milling and CNC operation
  • Own Zero Percent 1.5” clamps, or who can fabricate their own fixturing
  • Have access to adequate materials / tooling for testing

To participate in this beta, please email us at [email protected].