Plastic guns now possible with 3-D printer

Gun safety advocates are targeting weapons made by personal computers. Some guns can now be made with a 3-D printer.

The guns are plastic, so they don’t set off metal detectors. They’re also fully operational.

The guns are completely legal, but some lawmakers are looking to change that.

“Anyone — a terrorist, someone who’s mentally ill, a spousal abuser, a felon — can essentially open a gun factory in their garage. And the only thing they need: a computer and a little over $1,000. No background check. And you don’t even have to leave your house,” said Sen. Charles Schumer, D-New York.

Schumer’s proposal would not restrict 3-D printers for other manufacturing uses.

Meanwhile, a Texas group run by a self-described anarchist has posted what appears to be the first video of the live firing of a handgun created with a 3-D printer.

The 53-second video shows a single shot being fired from The Liberator, a plastic handgun that, with the exception of its metal firing pin, was assembled from parts made with a 3-D printer, according to Defense Distributed. The gun appears unscathed after the test firing, although the brief clip does not reveal anything about its range or accuracy.

The nonprofit group, founded by 25-year-old law student Cody Wilson, has posted instructions for the gun online so other people can duplicate it.

The CNN Wire contributed to this report.

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3 comments

  • eddie chips

    The video gives the impression that this is a single shot handgun. They do not specify the caliber but it is obvious that it must be a very weak one. It is interesting that the name "Liberator" was chosen for it. The original "Liberator" were cheap single shot forty five caliber guns, Their purpose was to have them air dropped in large quantities into nazi occupied France during World War II.

  • Todd Pardee

    People have had the ability to make their own weapons including guns for hundreds of years. Why is this news? One can make fully operational firearms in moderately equipped machine shops in garages out of steel or any other material.
    All of the machinery is available via Craigslist and untraceable.

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