3-D Printed Guns In California Senator’s Sights

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State Senator Leland Yee says the creation of guns on 3-D printers must be restricted.

Similar rules are being considered in Congress following the first successful firing of a gun made by a 3-D printer this weekend.

A man named Cody Wilson of a group called Defense Distributed created the design which he made on a 3-D printer.  The machines use plastic to create objects that are designed on computer software.

Gun control advocates fear the guns can be made by those who can’t pass background checks and that they can be easily be made to be undetectable by metal detectors.

Yee said that technology is being used to produce guns that would normally be banned in California. The Sacramento Public Library has several 3-D printers which it is using in a program that will teach library patrons about computer aided design and how to create prototypes of inventions using the printers.

The library machines don’t have the capability of making the guns. Library Director Rivkah Sass said the machines have great potential as teaching aids.  She also said whenever there are new technologies, people tend to push the limits of what they can do, which includes making guns.

Yee says he favors new technologies because they can be used to create good.

“It turns out you can also use technology for bad,” said Yee.

Yee has not worked out the exact wording of a proposed bill, but given that 3-D printer created guns are charting new ground he will have to be precise in crafting legislation.  It is likely to be scrutinized  carefully by gun rights groups.

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