First ban in the country: 3D-printed guns now illegal in Philadelphia - RTSubmitted by Chris Concomitantski on Mon, 11/25/2013 - 18:56
Published time: November 25, 2013 19:33
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania has become the first city in the United States to officially ban the use of 3D printers to manufacture firearms, only six months after a Texas-based company published digital blueprints for a homemade handgun.
The 10-member City Council announced last week that its members unanimously approved a first-of-its-kind measure that makes it illegal for anyone within the city to “use a three-dimensional printer to create any firearm, or any piece or part thereof, unless such person possesses a license to manufacture firearms under federal law.”
Discussions have occurred across the country about how to handle a potential wave of homemade guns after Defense Distributed of Texas released the digital computer file that could be fed into a 3D printer and used to produce a fully-functioning firearm this past May. The US Department of State quickly asked the company to pull its files offline, citing a possible violation of International Traffic in Arms Regulations, and the business voluntarily complied with their request.
3D-printed guns, like this one designed for shooting rubber bands, strike fear into the hearts of Philadelphia's city council