German federal police forces are getting into the 3-D printing business. Responding to a question posed by the Left Party in parliament, the Bundeskriminalamt (BKA, the Federal Criminal Police) and the Bundespolizei (BPOL, the Federal Police) purchased a 3-D printer to see how easy it would be to make weapons that could successfully bypass airport security checks. They also want to see if the technology has any potential police use.
Authorities have been—perhaps rightfully—a little bit worried about the average crazy Joe being able to print a 3-D killer weapon at home since Defense Distributed posted the designs to its first completely 3-D printed gun in early May.
New York City politicians rushed to float the idea of banning 3-D printed guns, as did one California state senator. Others were more cautious about seeing what this whole plastic gun thing was all about.
The German police agencies have reportedly been chatting with their colleagues in New South Wales, Australia, who earlier this summer spent $35 to print Defense Distributed's design, the Liberator. The New South Wales police commissioner warned in May that the gun misfired catastrophically during testing, exploding into pieces.
Though the Liberator proved difficult to recreate in a manner that wouldn't explode, people are already out there improving on Cody Wilson's designs. It's probably wise for police forces to get a handle on what these types of weapons can do before they run into them on duty. How the agencies themselves might benefit from easily concealable plastic guns with a tendency to fall apart upon firing is another question.
... how come no one references the movie "In the Line of Fire"
The assissin in the film builds a plastic handgun and smuggles it through metal detectors :o
Also ... a side note:
another thing to watch out for are disguied firearms, they can look like cell phones, packs of cigarettes, a lot of things. google it, you'll be surprised how people hide weapons.
@ The Random Factor: ha good point
It should be common sense that the current laws regulating firearms should be enforced to not only include the known ones but to also include the ones that are being produced.Some people may disagree with many of the firearm laws in Canada, however, for the most part, they're keeping the country fairly safe. As Random Factor wrote, there will always be concealed weapons (briefcase gun, pen gun ect.) All this means is that laws just now need to include guns that are not made out of the traditional/common materials.
(these laws should include upping the detection mechanisms for firearms)
Gun laws don't make a place safe. Mexico has very strict laws and terrible violence. Canada has murders but they tend to use knives and bombs and such. They also don't have as many undesirable citizens prone to violent crimes.
This whole printed gun deal is a non-issue. It is possible to make a real firearm in almost any garage.
If Germany wants to let cops play then fine. I'd bet a crook can get a real firearm in Germany the way crooks always get them.
jefro ... are you from Canada?
I am -- in Toronto, people are getting shot every other day with illegal hand guns. there are stabbings, but like any where, knives are easily accessible. bombs, not so much... sure we have our share of terrorist threats, but bombs, are not an ordinary occurrence.
up in the far north tho, we don't have murders; they're, uh, how do you say ... 'hunting accidents'
but you are right about our general peaceful nature, (thank you :) )
the only real problem is the gangs (in the cities) too bad we couldn't stick them on a glacier in the high arctic. our own little Australia .. lol
OMG. Now they're downgrading the police forces.
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