UPDATE Feb. 10, 2019 10:18:00 The federal government’s attempt to force door locks to be able to be unlocked by a single user with a “door jam” feature may not work out as hoped, a federal judge ruled Tuesday.
The ruling came after the government appealed a court’s decision to dismiss a lawsuit that had accused the Department of Homeland Security of violating the U.S. Constitution by requiring locks that require multiple users to have a key to be locked by one person.
“We agree that this type of system is not as secure as one might expect,” U.K. District Judge Robert H. King wrote in his majority opinion.
“The government may argue that the door jam locks are more secure, but they are not the same as a door jam lock.”
He did not elaborate on what that meant.
The judge issued a temporary restraining order in September that prohibited DHS from enforcing the federal lockdowns.
But that order expired in October, and the Trump administration has appealed.
The case was brought by a group of homeowners and other groups who wanted the locks to function without users being required to unlock them with a key.
DHS did not respond to a request for comment on King’s ruling.
The department argued that the court was wrong to conclude that the locks are less secure than locks that use a “key jam” system.
“This case, which is currently before the Court, raises questions that are important to the preservation of our civil liberties, and I believe we should be allowed to resolve these issues expeditiously,” DHS spokeswoman Melissa H. Smith said in a statement.
The locks are being developed by a company called DoorJam, which offers the locks at prices starting at $25,000 per lock.
The company said that the lock technology was first patented in 2013 and is currently used by a small number of lock manufacturers, but that it has recently seen demand for its door locks rise.
The door jam-locking system, which involves a door that locks itself, is a form of locking that can be used by people with disabilities, such as those with hearing impairments or those who have lost their sight or hearing.
In a blog post last year, the company said it was launching a limited test run of the system, but it is still not available for sale or for purchase online.
It also said that it would provide “limited access to this product” in limited quantities to government employees and contractors, and that it was committed to using a key jam lock for its products and services.
DHS said that this was not true.
“In fact, we are currently in the process of introducing a new door jam door lock with a similar functionality to our existing DoorJam lock,” DHS said in its filing.
“Because we are limited in what we can do with the existing door jam jam door, it is not yet available for purchase and we are working to secure it before we open it up for public use.”
DHS said the company is seeking $2.8 million in damages, arguing that the government is infringing on its First Amendment rights to “free speech” and to “peaceably assemble.”