Israel Stands Against Printable Guns

Police chief calls guns from 3D printers a threat to antiterrorism efforts.

Rep. Steve Israel announced Thursday that he is trying to renew the Undetectable Firearms Act.

With the rapidly expanding abilities of 3D printers, Israel, D-Huntington, announced at the Nassau County Police Second Precinct in Woodbury that is seeking the renewal of an act so "lone wolves" can't print firearms.

"There are new technologies that are being developed so rapidly that it is now possible for a lone wolf, a terrorist in…the basement of house, to use a 3d printer," to print high capacity magazines of bullets and eventually a gun that can fire them, he said.

Nassau County Police Chief Steven Skrynecki called the issue a legitimate "threat to our antiterrorism efforts."

"When police encounter somebody [with a printed gun], it's very dangerous to the individual, very dangerous to the officer responding, and very dangerous to the public at large," said Skrynecki, emphasizing the danger of the plastic gun's ability to defeat metal detectors.

Israel presented a YouTube clip from Defense Distributed that shows how well the plastic, printed bullets hold up in a rifle.

"He has the right to be a moron, but I don't have to necessarily listen," said Israel of the clip that shows someone shooting 86 printed bullets from a rifle.

"I am introducing legislation that would simply reauthorize the act for another 10 years."

The original act, Israel explained, was passed and signed in 1988 under President George H. Bush and renewed in 2003 under President George W. Bush.

"3D printers are going to change the world and if used correctly, will change the world for the better," said Israel. "I am not regulating 3D printers…but using it to create a homemade firearm that can kill and escape detection by metal detectors, that's not fine."

Raymond Collins January 18, 2013 at 03:19 PM
For clarity sake, someone made a MAGAZINE ONLY that worked. Magazines have been made from plastic/polycarbonate/synthetics for years. Someone managed to "print" an inferior one that (after some sanding and tweaking) managed to shoot 86 standard bullets before failure. $10 steel ones we are familiar with have no problem lasting through thousands of rounds. This printed stuff is very weak and susceptible to heat, the clip literally melted. You CANT print a gun, You CANT print bullets (or any part of a bullet). These 3-d printers are all over $1000, you could easily buy a few dozen normal high-cap mags that work far better for that price (hell, you can even get a gun with mags for that price).
Grifhunter January 18, 2013 at 08:15 PM
Oh my God, will these Dems leave it alone. Its obvious you use people's disproportionate fears to drum up knee jerk legislation, trading on their emotions and ignorance. And you do this in lieu of accomplishing real reform. (Your kid has a better chance of getting hit by lightening than being shot while inside school). Mr. Israel, violent crime, especially gun crime is at an all time low. Please shift your attention to doing some REAL work for the people like slowing the growth of government, creating jobs, simplifying the tax code and protecting our workers from foreign invasion.
Marilyn January 19, 2013 at 12:44 PM
Grifhunter...you stated that violent crime & gun crime is at an all time low. Do you read Newsday or watch the news on TV? I have lived on Long Island my entire life and it was once a very safe haven. It no longer is...but then again I doubt there is anywhere in this country that is completely safe.........


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