Schumer Announces Support for Measure to Make 3D Printed Guns Illegal

(CBS New York) Sen. Charles Schumer has called for legislation to make building a gun using a 3D printer to be illegal.

A fully operational handgun was made legally using a 3D printer, the senior Senator from New York Said at a news conference. The weapon was composed almost entirely of plastic, meaning it would not set off a metal detector. “Guns are made out of plastic, so they would not be detectable by a metal detector at any airport or sporting event,” Schumer said. “Only metal part of the gun is the little firing pin and that is too small to be detected by metal detectors, for instance, when you go through an airport.”

Schumer added that the process opens the door for those who are otherwise barred from legally acquiring a weapon to produce one themselves.