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Leland Yee to Introduce Bill Requiring Background Checks for 3-D Guns

| May 7, 2013
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State Sen. Leland Yee told KQED’s Paul Lancour today that he is planning to introduce legislation to require people who manufacture guns on 3-D printers to undergo background checks. If that effort should fail, Yee said he then will attempt to have such weapons banned altogether.

“What I’m looking at right now is to ensure that any individual who is going to make a gun out of these 3-D printers go through a background check, just like any other individuals who purchase a gun,” Yee said.

Yee’s announcement mirrors efforts by legislators on a national level to regulate 3-D guns in the wake of a YouTube video demonstrating just how easily such weapons can be made. They require as few as 15 components that can all be built on 3-D printers.

“What is even more dangerous about these guns,” said Yee, “ is that because they are made out of polymer [they] in fact can go through a metal detector or an X-ray machine undetected.”

Yee’s initial focus on the background check issue also comes soon after the apparent failure on Capitol Hill  to expand background checks on a national level. Those legislative efforts came after the school killings in Newtown, Conn., last December.

“Part of the reason we have background checks is to ensure that felons, criminals, are not going to have guns,” Yee said. “[And] that those individuals who have mental health issues  are not going to have guns.  And so now there is a gaping loophole to allow any individual to make a gun undetected, and the guns themselves are undetected. It’s going to create a tremendously unsafe situation for the rest of society.”

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David Weir is Senior Editor, Online News for KQED. He is a veteran journalist who co-founded the Center for Investigative Reporting, and was a reporter, writer and editor at numerous media companies, including Rolling Stone, Salon, Wired Digital, California Magazine, Mother Jones, 7x7, and Excite@Home. He has published four books and his articles have appeared in many publications including The Economist, The New York Times, New York Magazine, The Nation, LA Weekly, San Jose Mercury News, Wired News and Salon. Reach David Weir at david.a.weir@gmail.com.
  • YippySkippy

    “What I’m looking at right now is to ensure that any individual who is
    going to make a gun out of these 3-D printers go through a background
    check, just like any other individuals who purchase a gun,”

    So is what he’s in fact saying is that he wants to require a background check for anyone buying a 3d printer?

    • http://twitter.com/CindyBP CindyBP

      That’s what he is saying.

  • http://twitter.com/CindyBP CindyBP

    So now I need a back ground check for a 3D printer…what a jack glute.

    I really think liberalism is a mental disease.

  • kikker

    Don’t forget background checks for pressure cooker purchases…

  • Joercr29

    The cartridge is still metal jackass. It will still beep in a metal detector.. Libtard.

  • rulegal

    Sen, Yee seems to have a bill to shut down anything the minute he hears about it. This guy is a liberal control freak. You can’t legislate morality or human behavior. Next election vote this a-hole out.