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'3D gun' seized by UK cops may have just been printer parts

Ian Paul | Oct. 28, 2013
Homemade guns have become one of the leading bogeymen of 3D printing. Critics fear that once 3D printing goes mainstream, there will be little to stop criminals from creating their own firearms at home before going out on the town for a night's mayhem.

Law enforcement may have legitimate concerns about 3D-printed guns and the GMP's seizure may very well turn out to be the first evidence of U.K. criminals turning to 3D-printed guns. Nevertheless, 3D printing also promises many benefits for society where common household items are only a few clicks away. So instead of, er, jumping the gun, perhaps it's time to take the techno panic down a notch, relax a little bit, and print off a few Yoda figurines.


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