NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – Sen. Charles Schumer is taking aim at weapons crafted using 3D printers.
At a news conference in his Manhattan office on Sunday morning, Schumer called for legislation to make building a gun using a 3D printer to be illegal.
The senator said just last week, a fully operational handgun was made legally using a 3D printer. The weapon was composed almost entirely of plastic, meaning it would not set off a metal detector.
“Guns are made out of plastic, so they would not be detectable by a metal detector at any airport or sporting event,” Schumer said. “Only metal part of the gun is the little firing pin and that is too small to be detected by metal detectors, for instance, when you go through an airport.”
Schumer added that the process opens the door for those who are otherwise barred from legally acquiring a weapon to produce one themselves.
“A terrorist, someone who’s mentally ill, a spousal abuser, a felon can essentially open a gun factory in their garage,” said Schumer.