WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. - It's technology that could bypass laws and allow anyone to get a gun if they have access to a 3D printer.
The Contact 5 Investigators first told you about a group called Defense Distributed's plan to create the first printable "one shot" plastic gun. Now, the technology's causing new concerns and the Contact 5 Investigators put those concerns to the test.
"There's a lot of hysteria about this plastic gun," said Palm Beach Gardens security expert Reggie Montgomery.
When asked about the possibility of plastic guns or pieces of plastic guns getting through security measures, Montgomery said," Plastic doesn't have the density of metal, it would not leave the same imprint that metal would."
A New York Congressman is now proposing a ban on creating gun magazines made with 3D printers and he's looking to renew a law that requires all guns to be detectable by x-ray machines and metal detectors.
The Contact 5 Investigators put plastic parts made by a 3D printer to the test.
The plastic round pieces did not set off any alarms while walking through a city hall metal detector and they got through the security checkpoint at the airport.
However, experts across all fields are expressing doubt that the technology would actually work.
"I wouldn't want to be pulling the trigger as it would probably blow up in your hand, it would melt," said Montgomery. "Then there's a little issue called bullets, you can get plastic things in there in parts but you still have to get the bullets," he said.
Tom Sattler owns Quantum Leap, a 3D printing company and said "It has to be safe enough for the operator, otherwise it's suicidal."
Whether the first printable plastic gun works or not, the technology's only improving.
"It's only going to get closer, not farther away," said Montgomery. "How will we deal with that?'" he asked. "We're not going to get there with laws, you're not going to say 'you can't buy a 3D printer, or maybe you can, who knows."
Airport officials are also trained to look for gun parts no matter what they're made of.
In a statement, a TSA spokesperson said, "TSA screens every one of the more than 1.8 million passengers who come to our checkpoints every day. We employ multiple layers of security, both seen and unseen, to intercept threats and protect the traveling public. As threats evolve so do our processes and technologies."
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