Yee Announces Legislation to Stop 3-D Printable Guns

May 07, 2013

New 3-dimensional printers allow for easy, anonymous manufacturing of firearms

SACRAMENTO – In response to recent news that a fully useable 3-D printed firearm had been manufactured, today Senator Leland Yee (D-San Francisco/San Mateo) announced his intention to introduce legislation to prohibit the use of the technology to create such untraceable and anonymously-produced guns.

“While I am as impressed as anyone with 3-D printing technology and I believe it has amazing possibilities, we must ensure that it is not used for the wrong purpose with potentially deadly consequences,” said Yee. “I plan to introduce legislation that will ensure public safety and stop the manufacturing of guns that are invisible to metal detectors and that can be easily made without a background check.”

The firearm designs for the gun known as “The Liberator” can be instantly downloaded and printed anonymously with nothing in place to screen and prevent felons and criminals. The firearm, made using a 3-dimensional printer, has already been able to successfully fire .380 caliber bullets. The new technology has been used to manufactures assault weapon parts, including high-capacity magazines and lower receivers.

“We must be proactive in seeking solutions to this new threat rather than wait for the inevitable tragedies this will make possible,” said Yee.

This session, Yee is also the author of three others bills that address gun violence.

SB 47 would prohibit the use of the bullet button and other devices that allow for easily changeable magazines on all military-style assault weapons, such as AR-15s.

SB 108 would require firearms be safely stored using a trigger lock or gun safe while no adult is on the property where the weapon is located.

SB 664 would make it easier for counties to implement assisted outpatient treatment, known as Laura's Law, for potentially violent persons.


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