3D printed gun shakes up gun control debate

Published: Wednesday, May 8 2013 1:10 p.m. MDT

Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., talks about the ability for making an untraceable and undetectable gun with a 3D printer, during a television news interview on Capitol Hill in Washington, Monday, May 6, 2013.

Associated Press

The first ever firing of a plastic gun from a 3D printer Monday has introduced a new twist in the current gun control debate, but the Guardian's Alex Hern cautions against jumping to conclusions about what type of impact the new DIY gun will have.

“It's not going to herald an age of widespread weapon ownership, and it's certainly not proof that 3D printing technology needs to be controlled for our safety.”

Either way, some states are already tacking preemptive action. On Tuesday California state senator Leland Yee, D-San Francisco, stated his intent to put forth a bill banning 3D printed firearms. "We must be proactive in seeking solutions to this new threat rather than wait for the inevitable tragedies this will make possible."

Freeman Stevenson is the Deseret News opinion intern.

Read more about Alex Hern's thoughts on the impact of 3D printed firearms on The Gaurdian.

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