L.A. Councilman Seeks Ban on ‘3D Weaponry Blueprint Files’ Similar to Ban on ‘Child Porn’

A woman admires a 3D printed handgun which was created and fired by Finnish journalist Ville Vaarne and which is displayed in the exhibition '3D: printing the future' in the Science Museum on October 8, 2013 in London, England. The exhibition, which opens to the public tomorrow, features over 600 …
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Los Angeles City Councilman Mitch Englander is proposing a city-wide ban on the possession, distribution, or download of “3D weaponry print files” that is similar to the ban on “child porn.”

Englander spoke to Southern California Public Radio (SCPR) about his proposed ban, saying, “Essentially, now with the 3D printers, you can download the instructions that simply send a print command … to a 3D printer and you can print virtually any kind of gun, if you can get your hands on the blueprints.”

He said he wants a ban on 3D printers that works similarly to a ban on “child porn.” He said such a ban would mean “you cannot download, possess, distribute, sell, these digital files, and if you do, and they’re in your possession, in the city of LA, it would become a misdemeanor.”

The host asked Englander, “So just having the files on your computer would make it misdemeanor?”

Englander replied, “Yes, because that’s how dangerous this type of weaponry is.”

He tweeted about his proposed ban on Friday:

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