3D Printed Gun Instructions Online: U.S. Senator Slams 3D Printed Weapons

Category: Technology / May 06, 2013 3:09PM EDT
A non-profit Texas company called Defense Distributed released a video on Sunday of the group’s founder, Cody Wilson, firing a 3D printed plastic gun. Wilson released instructions for the 3D printed pistol online this week, prompting Democratic U.S. Senator Charles Schumer of NY to make a public statement, slamming the use of 3D printers to manufacture plastic weapons. "We're facing a situation where anyone, a felon, a terrorist, can open a gun factory in their garage and the weapons they make will be undetectable. It's stomach churning," Schumer said. Schumer wants to introduce new legislation that will ban 3d technology for producing weapons. Schumer introduced wide sweeping gun reform measures to the US Congress several weeks ago that failed to pass. Today’s 3D printers are used by most people to make toys or useful household items by turning a digital blue print into a physical object, but questions regarding the future and safety of 3D printing have become a big issue. Schumer says his bill would not restrict 3D printers for other manufacturing uses. Last week Defense Distributed said it had successfully fired bullets from a 3D printed weapon, called the ‘Liberator’ for the first time and planned to share their work. Instructions for the Liberator were available for download On Monday (May 6) on the company's website. Video Source: Reuters