Debate Over 3D Printed Guns Continues

A recent court battle has brought to light a number of concerns over the safety of 3D printed guns.

Local gun shops like Carl’s Sport Center near Lake City say the 3D printed guns can be dangerous to the person shooting them.

“There’s no such thing as a fire able, printable gun per say, they’re big, bulky, one shot pistols. And there’s no rifling in the barrel so there’s no accuracy over 5 feet, even though the gun shoots, it’s worthless,” said owner Carl Carlson.

Law enforcement also worry these guns would be hard to detect, especially at airports.

RJG Inc. in Traverse City also says 3D printers simply can’t provide the proper accuracy to make a gun.

“These printers are not built for that, there’s a reason why gun machining is so precise it needs it, These printers don’t have that precision that is needed and they definitely don’t have the strength that’s required,” said Engineering Assistant Colon Lowe.

While the experts say it’s not a good idea others worry what easy access to the blueprints might mean down the road.

“It’s a dangerous world out there today, probably more so than ever and with technology advancing as it is, certain things will move faster than regulations and in this case 3-D printed guns it’s a very touchy subject especially with the news that’s been happening recently,” said Edward Henderson who is visiting Traverse City.

For now, the discussion on how to move forward with 3D printed guns continues.

“Do I believe there should be some regulations, of course, do I also believe in the freedom to do what you like that’s protected in the constitution, of course, but certain things I think need to be discussed and debated,” said Henderson.

President Trump also weighed in on the debate tweeting Tuesday, “I am looking into 3D plastic guns being sold to the public. Already spoke to NRA, doesn’t seem to make much sense!”