Australia became the first country in the world to ban the possession of blueprints of 3D Printable Gun.
New South Whales, an Australian province is in news for banning the possession of files that could be used to print guns. Yes you don’t need to own a gun to be arrested, just the files to make them is enough to get you behind bars.
The law came into effect due to the Firearms and Weapons Prohibition Legislation Amendment Bill 2015 which is an amendment to the Firearms Act 1996. The Law states that “to create a new offence of possessing digital blueprints for the manufacture of firearms on 3D printers or electronic milling machines.”
In the new law the use of the word possession is specified in detail, it says "possession of a computer or data storage device holding or containing the blueprint or of a document in which the blueprint is recorded" or "control of the blueprint held in a computer that is in the possession of another person (whether the computer is in this jurisdiction or outside this jurisdiction)".
There are a few exemptions to this law which allows the Police and the government agencies to make 3D Printed guns, it says that anyone using is for the "research purposes and public benefit" will not fall under this law. If anyone is caught under this new law, he/she could get a jail term of 14 years.
The Australian government amendments to the law with this stringent clause following the Port Arthur massacre, which left 35 people dead and 23 wounded. The culprit for this incident was Martin Bryant who went on a killing spree armed with Semi-automatic guns.
This gruesome event led the Australian government restricting the private ownership of semi-automatic rifles, semi-automatic shotguns and pump-action shotguns as well as introducing uniform firearms licensing.
The amendment to the law cannot stop people for making 3D Printed guns but the strict laws like this will certainly work as deterrent for people who plan to make one. Banning blueprints is talking to the extreme having said that we strongly oppose the use of 3D Printers to make weapons.
Source: Computer World