Senator Schumer pushes to extend ban on 3D printed guns

Posted at 5:00 PM, Nov 17, 2013
and last updated 2013-11-17 17:29:49-05

NEW YORK (PIX11) —Senators trying to make 3-D plastic guns illegal Senator Chuck Schumer is taking action to make sure 3D printed guns stay off the streets.

The New York Democrat announced the effort on Sunday to extend the ban on printing 3D guns, which expires December 9, The Guardian reports.

Schumer points out that the rapidly advancing technology is making it easier for terrorists, felons and the mentally ill to produce plastic guns with a 3D printer.

The senator says the printing is so advanced that anyone with $1,000 and an internet connection can create a gun.

The plastic guns are able to pass through metal detectors and x-ray machines.

Schumer is pushing the effort along with Senators Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., and  Bill Nelson, D-Fla.