State Senator Leland Yee is planning to introduce legislation into the California Legislature that will ban the use of technology to create firearms with 3-D printers.
Lee’s call for action comes in the wake of news that a University of Texas law student has manufactured a completely functional firearm with 3-D-printing technology.
“We must be proactive in seeking solutions to this new threat rather than wait for the inevitable tragedies this will make possible,” Yee said in a press release.
Senator Chuck Schumer (D-New York) and Congressman Steve Israel (D-New York) are also pushing for legislation in Congress to outlaw guns made with 3-D printers.
The first 3-D printed gun, known as “the Liberator”, was recently test-fired and the files to construct it are available for download through a non-profit group, Defense Distributed.
The gun can be assembled with 15 pieces of ABS plastic printed through 3-D-printing technology. The only non-printed material needed to fire the device is a nail, which serves as a firing pin.