US Senator Kirsten Gillibrand held a video press conference Wednesday to announce her work on the 3D Printed Gun Safety Act.
The federal legislation would ban online distribution of blueprints for the 3D printing of firearms and help stop the spread of “ghost guns”. Ghost guns are homemade firearms that have no serial number, making them untraceable and extremely difficult to regulate. The pieces are often purchased in “ghost gun kits” or even 3D printed using instructions found on the internet. And because these weapons are made of plastic, they can bypass metal detectors commonly used at places like courthouses, airports and other secured public areas.
New York State Police seized 85% more ghost guns in 2022 than they did in 2021.