A state Senator proposed legislation that seeks to thwart the proliferation of undetectable plastic firearms that can be produced using 3-D printers.
The bill, submitted by Sen. Kevin de Leon, would require that anybody who wants to assemble a homemade firearm undergo background checks and register their weapons with state officials.
Today, the legislation seems important as ever, given the technological changes in the gun industry. Three-dimensional printing, for example, is a new technology that permits people to download to a computer the blueprint for a particular firearm, which can then be produced on a 3D printer without any background checks.
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