Published by: WOWT Channel 6 News
OMAHA, Neb. (WOWT) – A federal judge in Seattle is temporarily blocking the public release of 3-D printed gun blueprints. Meanwhile, an online organization is fighting to publish the firearm assembly instructions.
Omaha law enforcement and gun experts are skeptical of the idea of 3-D printed guns, though for different reasons.
“It’s certainly concerning. It’s a concern for us. Concern for law enforcement, in general. While the technology is evolving, we are going to be watching closely” said John Ham with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms.
While the new technology presents new challenges the ATF says that their protocols have not changed.
“It’s illegal to manufacture a machine gun. It’s illegal to manufacture a short-barreled shotgun or short-barreled rifle, without having those guns registered. We will continue to enforce the regulations as we have been”
Firearm Instructor Trevor Thrasher with 88 Tactical says a plastic gun is not to be trusted.
“If somebody walked in here with a 3D-printed gun, I’d be like ‘Get out of here. I’m not going to allow that on the range. It’s just too much of a liability, right now, as far as I’m concerned. I haven’t seen one that I would let on the range.”