It’s been some time since the NSW Police sat us all down and told us how each and every one of us would be shot in the face with a 3D printed gun. Yesterday the concerns over 3D printed guns came up at a Senate Inquiry into gun violence, and the warnings were stark: Australia’s laws aren’t ready for 3D printed guns.
Despite the fact that local police forces have been test-firing 3D printed guns since last May, Australia still doesn’t have legal provisions to tackle the use of these home-made weapons.
Speaking at the Senate Inquiry into the nation’s gun laws, Howard Brown of the Victims of Crime Assistance League said that it’s only a matter of time before someone gets hurt.
The ABC reports his comments:
“Our laws are failing to keep pace with that level of technology, and until we can keep pace with that, we’re going to have a situation where someone is going to be shot and injured with the use of a 3D device.”
Right now the inquiry is looking at how Australia’s gun laws need to be improved, but what can be done to stop untraceable weapons like 3D printed, one-use guns?