A Nevada judge has stopped a ban on 3D printed, unserialized, and home-built firearms after several parts of the legislation were struck down.
Lawmakers in Nevada pushed legislation that banned the possession and manufacture of so-called “Ghost Guns” in the state. This new law was challenged by 3D printing company Polymer80 before it took effect and now a judge has declared the law to be unconstitutionally vague as a result of the company’s challenge.
As reported in the Nevada Independent:
Provisions of a state law passed earlier this year prohibiting the possession and sale of unregistered ‘ghost guns’ were struck down by a state district court judge last week.
The ruling — in favor of Dayton-based firearms manufacturer and seller Polymer80 — declared that key portions of the law, which criminalize both owners and sellers of unfinished firearm frames or receivers, are unconstitutionally vague because they fail to establish clear standards for enforcement of the law.
“Unlike the federal regulatory process to determine whether a frame or lower receiver is considered a firearm under the Gun Control Act, Nevada has established no authority at all to determine when an ‘unfinished frame or receiver’ actually comes into existence,” Lyon County District Court Judge John Schlegelmilch wrote in his ruling. “The most any court can glean from the definition is that it is something less than a firearm and more than a block of raw material.”
This judge’s decision has saved Polymer80 as the company would be considered a highly illegal business if the law had gone into effect and the company was still 3D printing firearms and firearm components.
This decision also serves as a major blow to gun grabbers who are targeting hobbyists and professional firearm designers who 3D print firearms for one reason or another. The gun grabbers in Washington have had total control over the narrative surrounding 3D printed firearms and as a result, they have been able to push legislation that bleeds out past just the 3D printing space. With this decision, things might finally be on the upswing for hobbyists and designers.