December 11, 2012
The Undetectable Firearms Act and 3D-printed guns (FAQ)
They might come for your plastic gun, but they're not coming for your 3D printer just yet.. C/Net reports.
Citing the threat of plastic, 3D-printed firearms, U.S. Rep. Steve Israel, D-N.Y., held a press conference this weekend calling for the renewal of the Undetectable Firearms Act. The act was originally conceived in 1988 in response to the Glock 17, a handgun with some components made from plastic composites.
The law has been renewed several times since its inception, most recently in 2003. It's currently due to expire in December 2013.
For gun rights advocates, the Undetectable Firearms Act comes across as legislative hand-wringing. Others find the law to be an example of security theatrics and a threat to the growing 3D-printing market.
To sort out the facts, CNET has put together a FAQ.
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