New 3-D printers cause concern

By Brandon McMullen, News 20 at Five

Download, print and wait. Within hours a firearm that can shoot real bullets can be sitting in your home. There is not even a serial number or receipt attached to it. 3-D printers are able to build a gun using free schematics from the internet. Some parents are worried about what their children can obtain from the internet.

“Parents really have to monitor what their kids are doing online,” said Tallahassee citizen Neil Bell.  “My daughter, she’s six and she already goes on YouTube, and sometimes there’s things there that pop up on the right side that has nothing to do with the search we just did. I think it’s kind of a personal responsibility that parents need to monitor that kind of stuff.”

Engineers at FAMU-FSU College of Engineering, where they have 3-D printers, say it would be too expensive for someone to make a gun from scratch.

“The machine behind me is about $45,000 and the resin that goes in the machine is about $1,000,” engineer Jerry Horne said. “So an initial investment is pretty high to print a gun.”

3-D printers are not only for weapons. Horne sees a brighter side of the advanced technology.

“We can now print human tissue and they are working on printing organs,” he continued. “The only way is up. I find it funny that people are looking at the bad side of the printers.”

Currently it’s not illegal to build your own gun. However, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives says they are keeping a close watch on the printers.

About AriaAaron

A 4th-year broadcast journalism student at Florida A&M University and a web producer for FAMU TV-20's News 20 at 5.

Posted on October 11, 2012, in News. Bookmark the permalink. Comments Off on New 3-D printers cause concern.

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