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A California State Senator Is Trying To Outlaw 3-D Printed Guns


California State Senator Leland Yee (who represents the western part of San Francisco) announced that he will pursue outlawing 3-D-printed weaponry, in the wake of the first 3-D-printed gun to be successfully fired.

This weekend, a Texas group called Defense Distributed created the plans for a 3-D-printed gun made almost entirely of plastic--the only metal part is a very small firing pin. (For more on that, check out this article.) Federal law restricts the purchase of guns--barely--but places no restrictions on the creation of weaponry.

That hasn't been much of a problem in the past; while it's certainly possible to use various metalworking machines to create a working firearm, it's expensive and difficult, requiring quite a bit of expertise, and when it's easy and cheap to buy a professionally made gun (legally or illegally), homemade guns haven't caught on.

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Comment by Temper Bay
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Next week he is going to outlaw water, and the week after he'll outlaw air.

Is there any end to stupidity?

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