It seems anytime a new firearm technology hits the market, certain people line up with a host of terrifying reasons to ban it. Remember when Sen. Chuck Schumer D-N.Y. suggested a ban on the importation of Glocks because they’d slip through metal detectors? Obviously that’s not true, given the Glock’s metal springs, firing pin, steel slide and barrel. However, using similar logic, Schumer has found a new, recently invented target—3-D-printed guns.
“[3-D-printed] guns are made out of plastic, so they would not be detectable by a metal detector at any airport or sporting event,” Schumer said at a May news conference. “Only metal part of the gun is the little firing pin and that is too small to be detected by metal detectors, for instance, when you go through an airport. … A terrorist, someone who’s mentally ill, a spousal abuser, a felon can essentially open a gun factory in their garage.”
As usual, when our foe from New York opens his mouth on a firearms issue, we can expect to hear some misinformation. Let’s take a look at what 3-D-printed guns actually are, and their potential impact on the gun control debate, crime, firearm manufacturing and the culture of gun ownership.