Most gun-rights cases cite the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which protects the rights of Americans to keep and bear arms.
This one, however, revolves around the First Amendment, the freedom to speak and communicate about guns.
The Second Amendment Foundation and other parties are suing New Jersey Attorney General Gurbig Grewal over the state’s attempts to limit their speech. They are asking for a preliminary order to prevent the irreparable loss of their speech rights.
SAF said its lawyers are targeting a new law in the state “that prohibits any kind of publication or distribution of information relating to 3D printing of firearms components.”
The case has brought together the SAF, Defense Distributed, the Firearms Policy Coalition Inc., Firearms Policy Foundation, the Calguns Foundation, California Association of Federal Firearms Licensees Inc. and an individual citizen, Brandon Combs.
“This case involves passage in New Jersey last November of legislation that criminalizes constitutionally protected speech,” the plaintiffs explained Friday.
“Attorney General Grewal has promised to jail anyone who violates this new statute by publishing or otherwise making available ‘digital instructions’ that ‘may be used’ to ‘produce a firearm ‘with a ‘three-dimensional printer.’”