Here’s the Good, Bad, and Ugly on 3-D printed guns:
They’re a real advance in firearms, criminals will be able to purchase them online for about a grand if there’s no law against them, and the law currently prohibiting their technology is going to expire soon.
“As the technology to print 3-D firearms advances, a federal law that banned the undetectable guns is about to expire.
U.S. Sen. Chuck Schumer says he's seeking an extension of the law before it expires Dec. 9.
The technology of so-called 3-D printing has advanced to the point anyone with $1,000 and an Internet connection can access the plastic parts that can be fitted into a gun. Those firearms can't 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 technology has recently advanced to create handguns capable of shooting several shots, rather than just one, before it ceases to function. Schumer also says the guns can now be made with all plastic parts, and no metal.
A blueprint for one such firearm was recently downloaded more than 100,000 times, Schumer said.”