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Law regarding 3-D guns to soon expire

Amarillo, TX - Advanced technology is now allowing people to print their own guns.

Currently 3-D guns are considered illegal under the Undetectable Firearms Act. The Act which went into effect 25 years ago and is set to expire December 9th. The Act states any gun which is not in the shape of a traditional firearm or cannot be detected by a metal detector or an x-ray machine is illegal.

"Most of the discussion is about a straight extension of the existing law. I think that would make the most sense, it doesn't prevent automatically somebody from making a gun, these 3-D printers are (going to) be a huge challenge in all sorts of ways," said US Representative Mac Thornberry, District 13.

3-D guns while becoming easier to make since a 3-D printer now starts at about $1,300, they are still not the same as purchasing a traditional gun since they can explode after being fired.

"It's a very inexpensive way to make guns, they're a plastic gun, they're very unsafe and very unstable," said Owner of Panhandle Gunslingers Burnie Stokes.

So as 3-D guns advance their future is still unclear.

However, Representative Thornberry tells us while they have not discussed the Act yet, he believes it will most likely be extended.

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