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House Passes Act On 3D Printed, Plastic Guns

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LANSING, Mich. (WLNS) - 3D printers are a new technology that slowly adds layers of material on top of each other to build almost anything.

"It's making products without assembly and I think its changing the way the industry is moving forward," says Jeff Smith, Director of the New Economy Division for the Lansing Economic Area Partnership.

With this technology it will let people make things in their own homes, instead of buying them at the store. Smith says it allows people to personalize the items they make.

In recent months, some people have proven they can make a 3D printed gun made of plastic.

The House of Representatives passed an extension Tuesday to the Undetectable Firearm Act. This law forbids possession of manufacture of any firearms that are undetectable by x-rays or metal detectors, things like 3D printed plastic guns.

"You can design and create and do whatever you really want, as long as you have the gear, and the equipment, and expertise to do it," says Smith. "Including things like weapons."

The National Rifle Association did not oppose the ban, but in a statement we obtained today they say "the NRA strongly opposes ANY expansion of the Undetectable Firearm Act, including applying the UFA to magazines, gun parts, or the development of new technologies."

As for 3D printing in general, it has a lot of potential. "The upside is definitely more than the downside," says Smith. "There are a lot of people doing a lot of things with products anyway.".

The vote will go to the Senate next Monday.

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