This Week in Gun Rights is TTAG’s weekly roundup of legal, legislative and other news affecting guns, the gun business and gun owners’ rights. 

Keybase bans sharing 3D-printable gun plans

For the longest time, keybase was the go-to spot for those who wanted to squirt out their own guns. It was an aggressively pro-privacy and free speech platform. As a member myself, I can tell you we felt very welcome. That is, until Zoom bought it.

Shortly thereafter, members of the popular and all-too-important community Deterrence Dispensed were notified that, after 30 days, they would be removed from the platform.


Adding insult to injury, the DetDisp team were told they’d be able to leave a page up saying where the team had gone. Of course, once the day came, the entire team and its content were unceremoniously deleted.

It boggles the mind to try to figure out what the corporate purpose of all this animosity to free speech and legal activity is. Especially on an encrypted platform. What did they think people wanted to talk about with their encryption? The weather?

Remington Arms is back

The latest twitching limb of Remington’s long nearly-dead corpse, RemArms, has had its FFL approved by our federal overseers, clearing the way for the company to begin production on March 1st. The new firm owns the rights to produce all Remington firearms, save for the Marlin brand, which was sold to Ruger in the bankruptcy sale. Here’s hoping the latest incarnation can find a way to make Remington great again. 

New Zealand set for round two of confiscation

New Zealand Gun Buy back confiscation
Police Senior Sgt. Braydon Lenihan poses holding a banned gun that has been bent by a hydraulic machine outside a temporary gun collection venue in Porirua, near Wellington, New Zealand. New Zealand is six weeks into an ambitious program to buy tens of thousands of guns from owners across the country. (AP photo/Nick Perry)

Starting February 1st and lasting until May 1st 2021, the New Zealand government is once again giving amnesty for unlawful possession of newly prohibited items. They’ve published a price list for the arms they’re “buying back.” This is the second major run, as the first was a spectacular failure.

You might notice that their price lists seem rather high, but there are a lot of factors at play. For one, the market in New Zealand was always much smaller, leading to higher gun prices. But before you think “Hell, I’d sell my gun for that,” remember that the price also includes never being able to replace it. With that level of scarcity, almost no price makes sense.

Johns Hopkins wants clinicians to red flag patients

daniel webster bloomberg school
Courtesy Johns Hopkins

Johns Hopkins has put forward a new learning activity for clinicians about how they can petition the courts to remove their patients’ firearms. The Bloomberg-funded school seems to think that clinicians in states where they are empowered to petition courts for an Extreme Risk Protection Order (ERPO) are generally unaware of the program. Thus, JH is taking it upon its shoulders to encourage doctors to red flag their patients.

The huge problem here is that it’s essential that you trust your own doctor. That’s why we have HIPPA and related laws. Patients should be able to freely discuss their problems, mental and otherwise, with their physicians. If patients fear that doctors may wind up siccing a SWAT team on them, do you think that increases or decreases the likelihood they’ll tell doctors about their bouts of depression?

In a country with a mental health crisis, policies that disincentivize people from sharing with their doctors are harmful, not helpful.

The Rittenhouse Saga: Unlawful Relocation?

Kyle Rittenhouse (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh, Pool)

In a display of extreme technical sticklery, prosecutors are asking the Kenosha County Court to issue an arrest warrant for Kyle Rittenhouse because he didn’t update his address within 48 hours of moving. It makes one wonder how often this rule has previously enforced with such severity.

Of course there is a reason for the requirement, but this instance smacks more of politics than legitimacy. It’s an interesting situation to balance, though. While moving is one of the most stressful things an individual can do, and skipping deadlines might be understandable, with the level of scrutiny Rittenhouse was already under, it’s a wonder his legal team didn’t prevent this breach from occurring.

Ivan the Troll Breathing Life into Dead Hi-Powers

3d printed handgun frame
Courtesy Ivan the Troll

He’s been at it for a while, but some have just picked up on our friend Ivan’s fixation on Browning Hi-Powers. He’s been hard at work developing 3D-printable frames for the litany of Hi-Power derivatives that are out there.

This actually solves a very difficult problem for the Hi-Power that may keep the old girls talking far longer than might have otherwise been possible. You see, the Hi-Power depends on a hard steel wedge that’s hammered into the frame. When that wedge breaks, replacing it is a difficult proposition. Ivan came up with a simple solution for the locking wedge which might keep broken-frame Hi-Powers going for years to come.

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