THE UNITED STATES House of Representatives has voted to ban 3D printed plastic handguns for a further 10 years.
The legislative proposal is an extension to an existing 25 year old law against weapons that can evade detection by X-ray or metal detectors.
The National Rifle Association (NRA) believes the law should be scrapped as violating the Second Amendment to the US Constitution.
However, lawmakers have come under pressure to act as designs for 3D printed guns have become available on the internet, creating the fear that homemade handguns could become common in the US.
Supporters of the bill reportedly hope to extend it further before it reaches the Senate next week to state that all 3D printed handguns must have at least one vital metal component, such as a firing pin. The law as it stands only requires that the weapon must have some kind of metal in it, not that it has to be integral to the functioning of the gun.
When Defence Distributed took down its original blueprints for a 3D printed handgun after two days, they had already been downloaded 100,000 times. This is of course just the tip of the iceberg. While regulation is vital to ensure that there isn’t a 3D printed gun crime epidemic, Pandora’s Box is already open, and Pandora won’t insist that everyone put in a metal firing pin. µ
Tags: 3D Printing
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