Law Banning 3D-Printed Guns Up for Crucial VoteSubmitted by Chris Cheesecurdski on Tue, 12/03/2013 - 15:09
The Undetectable Firearms Act (.PDF) was passed in 1988, amid looming fears of plastic or ceramic functioning guns. The law has been renewed without dispute two times since then, in 1998 and 2003. But now that printing a functioning gun made entirely of plastic is actually possible, lawmakers are struggling to renew it. Others want to extend the law and make it even harder for gunsmiths to print guns like the Liberator.
Rep. Steve Israel (D-N.Y.) counts himself among the latter group. Israel has advocated for action beyond just reauthorizing the old bill. He's about to reintroduce his reform bill at same time as the House is set to vote on renewing the old one on Tuesday.
"I am a huge fan of 3D printers. I think that they will transform our economy and technology," Israel told Mashable in a phone interview. "I just don't want to make it easier for criminals and terrorists to get guns through metal detectors."