Making a fully functional gun has gotten as easy as 1-2-3.
The Texas-based group, Defense Distributed, said it soon plans to publish the digital blueprint for anyone, including terrorists, to download anywhere in the world.
“Everyone’s seen the movie ‘In the Line of Fire,’ where one of the great bad guys, [played by] John Malkovich, labored at making a gun out of plastic and wood so it could get through metal detectors and he could assassinate the president,” Sen. Charles Schumer said yesterday.
“But that was only a movie, and just [last] week, it has become reality,” he added, as he proposed legislation to make such guns illegal.
“We’re facing a situation where anyone — a felon, a terrorist —— can open a gun factory in their garage and the weapons they make will be undetectable. It’s stomach-churning.”
The proposed legislation is designed to amend a ban on “undetectable weapons” to refer to any gun, magazine or firearm component that would not be picked up by walk-through metal detectors.
The move follows the announcement by the nonprofit Defense Distributed that it had created a fully functional plastic firearm and that it would release its blueprint after it runs a few more tests.
The group said it had manufactured the hard-plastic handgun – which it dubbed “The Liberator” – using a Dimension SST printer from the company Stratasys.