The DOJ said that the argument employed by the state AGs in their request addresses concerns beyond what the State Department has the power to regulate.
"Plaintiffs misunderstand the fundamental limit
on the State Department's authority," DOJ said in the brief. "According
to Plaintiffs, the Government's export-related
determinations—specifically with respect to the export of technical data
developed by Defense Distributed—have jeopardized their ability to
protect the safety and health of their residents."
DOJ said the
AGs are concerned with potential crimes committed by those in the United
States if the files published by Wilson were to be downloaded by
criminals in their states. However, DOJ said, the State Department's power to regulate the export of firearms does not allow it to ban the publication of information in the United States out of fear that domestic criminals may misuse it.
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