In the United States, the gun debate has been raging for decades. Gun rights advocates think there are enough — or maybe too many — laws restricting their second amendment right to bear arms. Those wanting more gun control believe that to protect people’s safety, we need the government to regulate who can have a gun.

But what happens when technology is one step ahead of the laws? That’s the case with 3-D printed guns. It’s always been legal for adults to make their own guns at home, but traditionally, that required specialized tools and a lot of skill. 3-D printing, however, is changing that, making it significantly easier to make a gun from scratch. This has sparked both interest from gun enthusiasts and concerns about public safety.

Do gun laws need to change to keep up with this new technology?

For more information about the history of the debate surrounding gun control in the United States, check out this article from KQED’s The Lowdown.

SOURCES:

Meet The ‘Liberator’: Test-Firing The World’s First Fully 3D-Printed Gun
A Brief History of Gun Control In America
What is 3D printing?
Philadelphia Bans 3D Printed Guns
Jerry Brown signs bill to restrict, register homemade guns

How Could 3-D Printed Guns Affect Gun Laws? 28 February,2018Derek Lartaud

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Derek Lartaud

Derek Lartaud came to the Bay Area after nearly five years of researching schizophrenia and diabetes at Yale University. Determined to tell visual stories, he’s worked for the BBC, Al Jazeera America, TIME, PBS, and the Center for Investigative Reporting. He has a bachelor’s degree in neuroscience and a master’s degree in journalism. When not holding a camera or editing a story, he’s trying to rebuild his 1969 Honda CL350.

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