A bill proposed in the New York City Council to regulate 3-D printed firearms would not only make it illegal to produce the firearms using printer technology, but would also make it a criminal offense to produce any part of such weapons without a gunsmith license.
The bill, proposed by a Democrat representing Brooklyn, could also include provisions requiring the licensed gunsmiths who are legally allowed to print the firearms to adhere to the same regulations that makers of traditional guns must obey. Some of the rules include specifications regulating systems to feed bullets, requirement of a serial number and regulations against destroying weapons once they are produced.
A separate legislative effort in the city would make it a felony for anyone to manufacture, sell or use guns or ammunition magazines made with a 3-D printer.
Cody Wilson, the young American behind the world’s first blueprint for a working printed firearm, said the city’s proposal is in violation of American gun rights in an email to Epoch Times.
Referring to the Gun Control Act of 1968 and the National Firearms Act, Wilson said, “Such legislation is a deprivation of equal protection and works in clear ignorance of Title I and II of U.S. gun laws.”
Wilson’s blueprints for the 3-D gun he was able to produce are currently under siege by the Federal government. A notice on Wilson’s website for Defense Distributed, an organization he set up for 3-D firearm research, indicates: “DEFCAD files have been removed from public access at the request of the US Department of Defense Trade Controls. Until further notice, the United States government claims control of the information.”
Federal law dictates that individuals are not prohibited from manufacturing their own firearms without license as long as the weapons are not intended for sale and comply with current Federal rules regulating barrel length and automatic firing capability.