How Could 3D Printed Guns Affect Gun Laws

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Published on Jul 26, 2017
Host Shirin Ghaffary explores how 3-D printed guns are affecting the gun debate in the United States.

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In the United States, the gun debate has been raging for decades. Gun rights advocates think there are enough -- or maybe too many -- laws restricting their second amendment right to bear arms. Those wanting more gun control believe that to protect people’s safety, we need the government to regulate who can have a gun.

But what happens when technology is one step ahead of the laws? That’s the case with 3-D printed guns. It’s always been legal for adults to make their own guns at home, but traditionally, that required specialized tools and a lot of skill. 3-D printing, however, is changing that, making it significantly easier to make a gun from scratch. This has sparked both interest from gun enthusiasts and concerns about public safety.

Do gun laws need to change to keep up with this new technology?

For more information about the history of the debate surrounding gun control in the United States, check out this article from KQED's The Lowdown:
https://ww2.kqed.org/lowdown/2017/07/...

SOURCES:
I Made an Untraceable AR-15 ‘Ghost Gun’ in My Office—And It Was Easy
https://www.wired.com/2015/06/i-made-...

Meet The 'Liberator': Test-Firing The World's First Fully 3D-Printed Gun
http://www.forbes.com/sites/andygreen...

A Brief History of Gun Control In America
https://ww2.kqed.org/lowdown/2016/06/...

What is 3D printing?
http://3dprinting.com/what-is-3d-prin...

Philadelphia Bans 3D Printed Guns
https://phila.legistar.com/Legislatio...

Jerry Brown signs bill to restrict, register homemade guns
http://www.sacbee.com/news/politics-g...

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