Philadelphia Is First City to Ban 3D Guns
'It's all pre-emptive,' says aide to legislator who authored the bill
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Nov 23, 2013 2:18 PM CST
A screen grab from an ATF video about 3D-printed guns. This one blew up during testing.   (ATF)

(Newser) – With the idea of 3D-printed guns already causing controversy, the city of Philadelphia apparently doesn't want to take any chances. The city council this week voted to make such guns illegal, reports NBC Philadelphia. Once Mayor Michael Nutter signs off, that will make Philadelphia the first city in the nation to enact a law against 3D guns, notes Philadelphia Magazine. The magazine sounds a wee bit skeptical of the benefit, however, considering that no printers of 3D guns are known to exist in the city.

"It’s all pre-emptive," an aide to the legislator behind the measure tells the publication. "It’s just based upon Internet stuff out there." The law would not apply to licensed gun manufacturers but is instead aimed at criminals who might try to print a cheap, undetectable (no metal) firearm. Sen. Chuck Schumer wants a federal law to the same effect. A blogger at Reason points out that the city's law might conflict with a state law protecting gun rights, while a blogger at Gizmodo thinks the focus on 3D guns "distracts us from the very big problems we still have with conventional weapons."

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vlad
Nov 25, 2013 9:46 AM CST
kind of stupid , if you can afford the five grand the machine costs , and the materials , you could certainly afford to buy several guns on the black market !
Smitty6398
Nov 25, 2013 12:43 AM CST
GUN CONTROL LAWS INFRINGE upon the Constitutional Right afforded to the Citizens of the United States by the Second Article of The Amendments to The Constitution of The United States. One of these days, the SCOTUS will realize that, and end the gun control debate forever, OR until We The People pass an amendment to eliminate or modify the Second Amendment as it now stands (for 200+ years). See Article V of The Constitution of The United States for directions !!
Mike
Nov 24, 2013 11:12 AM CST
Laws like this are not logical steps in the right direction. It is already illegal for a felon to possess a gun and we know that law doesn't work. All this law does is make it illegal for law abiding citizens to have access to 3D guns. Do you really thing the criminal element is going to follow this redundant law, considering the fact that we know they don't follow the first law making it illegal for felons to have firearms?