Why Does The Medium Matter?
I find the recent injunctions issued against the uploading of software and instructions to make 3D printed guns hard to reconcile with the First Amendment.
Let’s try a thought experiment. Suppose I want to make a metal gun in my garage. I can find out how to do that on the web, and I can freely tell others how to do that. Why is a 3D printed gun different? It would be one thing if the law took the position that no instructions on personal gun making could be made public, much as we might say for a nuclear or a biological weapon. But that is not the law.
The Government is, of course, are free to regulate the manufacture or possession of 3D printed guns (hard as that may be to do). But I can’t see why they can censor the relevant information.