Today, the U.S. House of Representatives voted to extend a 1988 ban on plastic guns that can't be tracked by a metal detector, but it left open a more contentious debate about 3D-printed guns, the new, home-produced polymer weapons that can fire 14 rounds of .380 caliber ammo.
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These guns have become the new bogeymen in the firearm debate, standing in for desk-top technology that, if left unregulated, could turn us all into plastic-wielding militiamen. At least, that's the fear of New York Democratic Representative Steve Israel, who drafted his own version of the Undetectable Firearms Act with language specifically targeting 3D printers.
It's also the goal of high-tech gunsmith Cody Wilson, who published the blueprint for his printed gun, The Liberator, and made it universally available on the Internet. A staunch anarcho-libertarian, Wilson dreams of a world in which anyone can build his own gun.More »