Responding to new technology, state Sen. Leland Yee (D-San Francisco) says he will introduce legislation to prohibit the use of 3-D printing devices to make usable firearms.
Yee said he is alarmed by news reports that a plastic firearm has been designed and made with a 3-D printer and was able to fire bullets. A 3-D printer extrudes layers of plastic to produce almost any three-dimensional shape desired.
Yee is concerned that guns made with 3-D printers can be untraceable and made by people who do not undergo background checks.
“While I am as impressed as anyone with and I believe it has amazing possibilities, we must ensure that it is not used for the wrong purpose with potentially deadly consequences,” Yee said in a statement. His legislation, he added, would “stop the manufacturing of guns that are invisible to metal detectors and that can be easily made without a background check.”