Ban sought for guns made with 3-D printers after man successfully test fires one



Two U.S. lawmakers are pushing for a ban on weapons that once seemed the stuff of science-fiction: Homemade plastic guns. The first firearm made almost entirely out of plastic with 3-D printer technology was successfully fired by hand for the first time this weekend in Texas. “We’re facing a situation where anyone – a felon, a terrorist – can open a gun factory in their garage and the weapons they make will be undetectable. It’s stomach-churning,” Senator Charles Schumer told reporters on Sunday. Defense Distributed, a group of 3-D firearms enthusiasts, designed the gun and posted free downloadable instructions for making the weapon on its website. The pistol consists of 15 plastic parts made with a 3-D printer, which uses liquid resin and polymers to build up solid objects layer by layer. The prototype also uses a nail as a firing pin and has a block of steel in the body to comply with…

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