Illinois Lawmaker Wants to Make it Illegal to Print 3D Guns Without FFL License
Guns Save Lives is not supported by ads and is ran as an independent project. If you support this project please consider supporting us on Patreon. Registration takes just a moment and even $1 is a massive help in continuing our work. Thank you so much.
It’s currently legal under federal law to make a firearm for personal use without any sort of registration, ATF paperwork or serial number (please make sure you understand all applicable laws before attempting this, I am not a lawyer).
However, one state lawmaker from Illinois wants to change this in regards to 3D printers.
According to CBS Chicago,
“A gun is a gun; it doesn’t matter if it’s built on an assembly line or in a 3-D printer. New technology has created a loophole and this plan closes it,” state Sen. Ira Silverstein (D-Chicago) said in a news release.
Silverstein introduced the proposed ban on 3-D printing of firearms in the Illinois Senate last week. Under the measure, only someone with a Federal Firearms License could manufacture guns with a 3-D printer.
Over the last couple of years, 3D printing technology has really started to take off. Several functional firearms have been made nearly completely out of plastic parts using a 3D printer.
One manufacturer even used an industrial 3D printer to produce an all metal 1911 that was 100% 3D printed.
Are 3D printed guns so much of a problem in Illinois that taxpayer dollars should be spent to regulate them. I’m going to go ahead and say no.