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3D Printers Create Possibilities For Undetectable Guns

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GREENVILLE, S.C. -

Printing a handgun almost entirely out of plastic makes it undetectable through metal detectors.

A Texas group "Defense Distributed" used a 3D printer to make a plastic gun they call the Liberator.

The printers connect to a computer and print a created design or a downloaded blueprint.

This week the US government ordered the gun designs off the web but not before thousands of downloads.

In the basement workspace of the Greenville Makers Group, Trace Guy is creating a complex part for a project Friday.

"When you have an idea and you turn it into a thing in an hours time without any dexterous skills, it's very, very exciting," Guy said.

Guy thinks 3D printers will create amazing things but there will always be people who abuse them.

"Like all new technologies, 3D printing could be very disruptive to the rest of the world."

It's the first time you can create a complex object without a million dollar investment in the machine.

They're available online for as little as $1,000.

Like all new technology the price will likely drop over time.

"I could see in ten years a $200 model sitting on your desk at the house," Guy said.

Lawmakers are worried that cheap technology could make it possible for people unfit to buy a gun at a store to instead print them out in their homes.

A New York Senator has already expressed support for strengthening the undetectable weapons law to include homemade, printed guns.

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