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As ban on printed 3-D guns ends, extension sought

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A gun about to be processed and created in a high-tech 3D printer A gun about to be processed and created in a high-tech 3D printer

It may look like a blob of plastic, but it's a gun that's fully capable of firing a bullet it was made from a 3-D printer, which anyone with a couple thousand dollars can buy.

It’s controversial because it's plastic, which means it can pass undetected through metal detectors like the ones at airport screening checkpoints.

Former FBI agent and security consultant Manny Gomez says it's a gamechanger. “It's law enforcement's worst nightmare” he said.

Right now all plastic guns must have at least one metal component so they cannot slip through screening at sensitive locations, or they're illegal. But that law is set to expire on December 9th and that has Senator Chuck Schumer worried.

He says he's not opposed to the 3-D printers, which have many positive uses but that ‘how to videos,’ like ones posted on Youtube, make manufacturing a gun a potentially dangerous hobby. plus,

Since the guns have no serial numbers, they're virtually untraceable if used in a crime.

Senator Schumer says the need to pass the extension is urgent, and hopes to make that happen before it's too late.

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