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German police try making 3D-printed guns to assess threats and opportunities

The police want to see how dangerous 3D-printed guns really are — in terms of smuggling them through security checks, but also with a view to perhaps using them themselves.Germany’s federal police agencies are buying a 3D printer in order to see whether homemade 3D-printed guns are really a threat. This follows on from the Defense Distributed debacle back in May, when a U.S. libertarian activist briefly posted designs for such things on the web before being ordered to remove them due to export laws.The purchase of the printer by the German authorities came as a response to a parliamentary question posed by Die Linke (The Left party). The government said the police wanted to see whether ne’er-do-wells could actually make plastic guns that could be smuggled onto planes, and also whether the police might find a use for such technology themselves.The federal police have also swapped notes with their counterparts in New South Wales, Australia, who have already conducted tests on 3D-printed firearms. I daresay no-one is too concerned about an imminent threat – the Australian police tests suggested that anyone firing a “Liberator” weapon would injure or kill not only their target but also themselves, as the guns have a nasty habit of exploding.

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15 Aug
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German police try making 3D-printed guns to assess threats and opportunities http://t.co/e3vbJeEpka