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D.C. Council Considers Ban on Printable Guns

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Visitor looks at a 3D printer printing an object. (Credit: EMMANUEL DUNAND/AFP/Getty Images)

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WASHINGTON (CBSDC/AP) — The D.C. Council will consider banning plastic firearms created by 3D printers.

The bill introduced Tuesday by Councilmember Tommy Wells was prompted by reports that a Texas company had successfully test-fired a handgun created with a 3D printer. Such printers can be paired with a home computer to manufacture objects using layers of high-density plastic.

The company that created the gun, Defense Distributed, has said it plans to post the schematics online. In theory, anyone could download the plans and use them to manufacture a weapon.

The District of Columbia has some of the strictest gun-control laws in the nation. Wells says the laws don’t apply to plastic guns printed at home. The Democrat calls the guns “a significant and immediate threat to public safety.”

WNEW’s Matt DelSignore contributed to this report. Follow him and WNEW on Twitter.

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