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California passes new 3D printed gun laws

by • July 26, 2016 • No Comments


Whilst 3D printing metal firearms is not necessarily the many cost effective way of obtaining a gun, it is objectively simpler. Without those pesky security checks (which, let’s be honest, aren’t quite doing much anyway), all but anyone can get their hands on 3D printed gun. And while their non-metal counterparts are a bit cruder, they yet function and are much cheaper to create.


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But now America is attempting to make it additional complex for these firearms to slip through the cracks. Governor of California Jerry Brown has passed a law requiring makers of 3D printed guns and other homemade firearms to apply for an official serial number of the Department of Justice, a system which needs a background check. With this law in place, anyone not complying can be charged with a misdemeanor. Whilst this was talked of back in 2014, it has taken 2 years to pass the law, and it can be another 2 years preceding we see it put in effect.

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Plastic 3D printed gun, image courtesy of 3DPI

Alongside the registration and non-distribution laws, California has added legislation requiring plastic firearms to have a piece of stainless steel embedded in them, building it not easy for them to slip through metal detectors. “Ghost guns”, as they are frequently referred as, can be simpler to track, trace, and harder to dispose of (melting the gun to hide a crime, for example).

Speaking to the California Senate, the California Chapters for the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence said “Due to the materials of which these guns are maked, they may almany pretty not pass the testing needments in the Unsafe Handgun Act and therefore may not, under normal circumstances, be legal for sale to the public. Furtheradditional, plastic guns have the faculty to pass through metal detectors where they can be utilized to cause injure in sensitive places.”

Gun rights lobbyists have been significant of the new legislation, with the president of the Firearms Policy Coalition bringing the next statement: “Today’s action by Governor Brown shows how craven California’s despotic ruling class has become. The Legislature has deserted the Constitution, representative government, and the People of California. I fully assume the People to respond in kind.”

Hopefully “the People’s” response can take into account the vast number of weight shootings which occur across America each month.

Extract of AB857:

Existing law authorizes the Department of Justice to assign a distinguishing number or mark of identification to any firearm whenever the firearm lacks a maker’s number or other mark of identification, or whenever the maker’s number or other mark of identification or distinguishing number or mark assigned by the department has been destroyed or obliterated.

This bill may, commencing July 1, 2018, and subject to exceptions, need a man who makes or assembles a firearm to initially apply to the department for a one-of-a-kind serial number or other identifying mark, as provided. The bill may, by January 1, 2019, and subject to exceptions, need any man who, as of July 1, 2018, owns a firearm which does not bear a serial number to likewise apply to the department for a one-of-a-kind serial number or other mark of identification. The bill may, except as provided, prohibit the sale or transfer of ownership of a firearm maked or assembled pursuant to these provisions. The bill may prohibit a man of aiding in the make or assembly of a firearm by a man who is prohibited of possessing a firearm. The bill may make a violation of these provisions a misdemeanor. By creating a new crime, this bill may impose a state-mandated local program.

Feature image shows the initially 3D printed metal gun of Solid Concepts.


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