Pushing to ramp up legislation for 3D printed guns, the democratic member of U.S. Senate namely as Bill Nelson from the state of Florida has recently filed in a legislation with Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer. Due to which the process of getting 3D printed plastic firearms through security screenings now has become tougher.
Incorporation of the Metal Components
This was not for the first time that the American legislators have cracked down on the threat of 3D printed guns also a specialized legislation was being passed by the Congress in year 2013 that too required firearms for the incorporation of the metal components. The theory behind this process was that the use of metal part would make it easier for the guns to get detected by the metal detectors and the security screenings – thereby refining public safety in secured areas.
A key loophole was initially overlooked by lawmakers that the legislative measure of the year 2013 will not get encompassed whether the metal components of the firearm could be made detachable or not. This critical oversight in turn concluded that before passing through the security screenings, the metal components could be still removed by the potential firearm wielders – thus bringing 3D printed guns to secure areas without breaking the law technically.
Manufacturing of a 3D printed firearm
As manufacturing a 3D printed firearm solely from plastic materials would be illegal therefore it has now become important for Nelson’s new legislation to feature a centralized metal component in the frame or barrel for all the guns.
Nelson expressed his gratitude to the press by saying that due to the advancement in technology now anyone will be able to print a fully-functioning firearm that can be snuck through a metal detector without being noticed.
Guns Still a Real Threat
Though in 2013, Congress acted to ban these guns but a loophole in the law still allows people to attach removable metal pieces for getting around that law. Due to which these guns still pose a real threat to our safety. And in order to save people from the hands of those who wish to do harm, these threatening guns should be kept off the streets and out of the hands of those people.
After the original initiative in 2013, the two US politicians still attempted to advance this type of motion once more for the third time in year 2015, which in turn again displayed unsatisfactory results.
The actual documented cases of 3D printed gun seizures were not as pervasive as they were intuited by Nelson and Schumer. Back in August at the Reno-Tahoe International Airport, a specific incident was being cited by the lawmakers. They not only found but also confiscated that a plastic gun was being caught from a passenger’s carry-on bag during standard security screenings. Constructed using a 3D printed technique, this gun was further found full loaded with five live .22 caliber bullets.