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With the stroke of a pen, Philadelphia will become the first U.S. city to ban the manufacture of firearms using three-dimensional printing technology.
In a preemptive move designed to get ahead of creative criminals, the Philadelphia City Council voted unanimously last week to prohibit the use of 3D printers to create any firearm or “any piece thereof” unless that person possesses a license to manufacture firearms. Councilman Kenyatta Johnson, author of the legislation, told FoxNews.com he expects Mayor Michael Nutter to sign the bill by the end of the year, enacting it into law. Violators could face fines up to $2,000.
“We want to be proactive, we don’t want to be in a situation where people are using these 3D printers to create handguns in our city in the near future,” Johnson said. “This is us getting out in front of the issue.”