3D-printed 'downloadable guns' available Aug. 1

July 26, 2018 06:53 AM

There are growing concerns over do-it-yourself weapons known as 'ghost guns.'

Those are 3D guns that anyone will soon be able to download and print right at home. They are untraceable and there is no background check required.


Gun rights supporters reached a settlement last week that will allow them to post plans and instructions for how to make 3D printed weapons starting Aug. 1, 2018.

There is not only the issue of arming people who are banned from getting guns legally right now under current laws, but there are also safety concerns about how dangerous these could be to the person who pulls the trigger.

Qualified NRA handgun instructor Scott Miller told WGRZ there is up to 50,000 pounds of pressure when a round is fired from a typical gun. He said plastic guns made from 3D printers could fail and end up injuring the owner.

In stricter gun control states, like New York with the SAFE Act, Miller said even if someone made a pistol it would still need to be registered.

“I don't know how the state would handle that because there wouldn't be a serial number on it,” Miller added. “So they would ask to have a number put on to it and then the caliber of course and the manufacturer would be home-made."

State police support the need for registration on a legal gun license for plastic guns made using a 3D printer.

Anyone caught trying to make an assault weapon would be breaking state law.


Brennan Somers

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