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June 2, 2021

3D Printers Cannot Produce Undetectable Firearms

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Setting aside the fact that 3D printing is a high cost, limited production technology that does not present a public safety risk, it is already illegal under the federal Undetectable Firearms Act to manufacture, import, sell, ship, deliver, possess, transfer, or receive an undetectable firearm. Even firearms produced with 3D printing technology are required to include a component made of metal, and hence detectable by metal detectors and x-ray machines. In addition, ammunition cartridges are made with metal components that are detectable. Of course, even without metal components, current Transportation Security Agency (TSA) screening machines will detect an object, regardless of its composition.

Learn more about so-called Ghost Guns.

3D Printing of Firearms

It’s high cost, limited effectiveness, and the need for highly-skilled experts to use this technology mean that criminals are not using 3D printing to produce firearms. Learn more.


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