Senator Seeks to Extend Ban on 3D Printed Guns

(Guardian) The US federal law that banned undetectable 3D printed guns is about to expire. New York Senator Chuck Schumer says he is seeking an extension of the law before it expires on December 9. Schumer said 3D printing technology has advanced to the point where anyone with $1,000 and an internet connection can access the plastic parts that can be fitted into a gun. Those firearms cannot be detected by metal detectors or x-ray machines. Schumer says that means anyone can download a gun cheaply, then take the weapons anywhere, including high-security areas. The Democrat is pushing the extension along with Senators Patrick Leahy of Vermont and Bill Nelson of Florida. The effort was announced on Sunday, November 17.