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El Paso gun owners react to 3D printed gun


POSTED: Monday, November 18, 2013 - 6:40pm

UPDATED: Wednesday, November 20, 2013 - 6:54pm

Technological advances in 3D printing produces the world's first working gun. A company based in Austin fired 700 rounds from a gun that was made with a 3D printer. But out of this technological breakthrough, concern arises.

From all angles, a weapon made by Solid Concepts looks and sounds just like any other gun. "I think it's an interesting technology,” Barry Peterson, an El Pasoan and a gun owner said. But it's not, the gun was made from a 3D printer. "I mean, I would try it out.

Which may be a cause for concern when we looked up 3D printed guns on YouTube. We found many users who showed off their homemade weapons. "You can't use just a solid plastic, so there still a lot of metal parts inside of the barrel."

Solid Concepts said they're just showing off what they can do.

But not everyone is impressed. Steve Anderson, the owner and gunsmith of Southern Precision Gunsmithing in East El Paso believes in a more traditional approach. "Fundamentally, no…I don't think it's a wave of the future,” Anderson said. And he said, if the company were to mass produce the weapon. "You'd have to be a federally firearms licensed dealer to manufacture one."

Solid concepts would be held to the same standards as other weapon manufacturers. While most of the gun was made from the 3D printer. The company said there were some things that could not be duplicated like some springs.

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