Printed Weapons? Not In My State
Guns produced using 3-D printers have found an opponent in state Sen. Leland Yee, who plans to introduce legislation that would ban in California the use of the do-it-yourself technology to create firearms.
Yee’s proposal comes a few days after University of Texas student Cody Wilson was reported to have fired the world’s first fully functional gun made with 3-D printing technology.
“We must be proactive in seeking solutions to this new threat rather than wait for the inevitable tragedies this will make possible,” Yee said in a press release.
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San Francisco Examiner:
Senator Chuck Schumer (D-New York) and Congressman Steve Israel (D-New York) are also pushing for legislation in Congress to outlaw guns made with 3-D printers.
The first 3-D printed gun, known as “the Liberator”, was recently test-fired and the files to construct it are available for download through a non-profit group, Defense Distributed.
The gun can be assembled with 15 pieces of ABS plastic printed through 3-D-printing technology. The only non-printed material needed to fire the device is a nail, which serves as a firing pin.
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