German police test the threat posed by 3D-printed guns by printing their own
Tests by Australian police previously showed that 'being on either end of this weapon can be
Wednesday 24 July 2013
In order to test the threats posed by 3D printed guns police in Germany have decided to print some for themselves.
The debate over such objects started back in May last year when Cody Wilson, founder of the company Defence Distributed, made plans for a crude, 3D-printable handgun available online.
Wilson and his associates spent more than a year designing the ‘Liberator’ and were able to build and fire one using an $8,000 3D printer. Designs for the gun were downloaded more than 100,000 times before the US Office of Defense Trade Controls Compliance demanded the blueprints be “removed from public access.”
The decision by German federal police to investigate the handgun for themselves is in response to a question posed in parliament by Die Linke (The Left Party). Both the Federal Criminal Police Office (BKA) and Federal Police (BPOL) will be testing the weapon to see how it might make its way through security checks and the like.
The Liberator - a 3D-printed handgun designed by Defense Distributed
This won’t be the first time a police force have tested the Liberator. In late May this year the Australian police also downloaded and printed their own copy of the weapon from materials worth around $35.
The Australian officials found that although the gun could fire a bullet 17cm into a standard firing block, it also had a nasty habit of exploding when discharged.
"Make no mistake," said Andrew Scipione, a police commissioner for the New South Wales Police, "being on either end of this weapon can be lethal."
Whilst the Liberator itself may be of only occasional use as a weapon, it could certainly be used to threaten individuals. And, as technology progresses, more capable weapons are sure to be designed.
Life & Style blogs
Peak District National Park 63rd birthday is celebrated by Google Doodle
Revolutionary genetic drug trial will herald 'new era' in the fight against cancer
Babies cry at night to stop mothers procreating, scientists claim
Naked yoga: the bare truth - it's already big in the US, and has now landed here
Kim Jong-un's haircut: The Independent heads to Ealing to try out the dictator's do
The food poverty scandal that shames Britain: Nearly 1m people rely on handouts to eat – and benefit reforms may be to blame
US Navy christens huge $3 billion destroyer ship USS Zumwalt that appears as a fishing boat on enemy radar
Nigel Farage fatigue? Half of voters ‘immune’ to Ukip’s appeal
Scottish independence: It is the English who should be on their knees, begging the Scots to vote ‘No’
Nigel Farage on Have I Got News For You: Ukip leader ridiculed over expenses and party 'fruitcakes'
Nigel Farage: I’m taking on the status quo, and the Establishment’s fighting back
- 1 Poveglia: 'World's most haunted island' up for auction...is anyone brave enough to buy it?
- 2 Big Bang Theory to get special Star Wars episode with help from Lucasfilm
- 3 Babies cry at night to stop mothers procreating, scientists claim
- 4 Pharrell Williams 'Happy': British Muslims dance to song in video
- 5 24 people applied for the 'world's toughest job', here are their interviews
iJobs Gadgets & Tech
£40000 - £60000 per annum: Harrington Starr: C# Developer (WinForms, .NET, ASP...
£50000 - £60000 per annum + Benefits + Bonus: Harrington Starr: Senior Quality...
£35000 - £40000 per annum + Benefits + Bonus: Harrington Starr: Junior-Mid Lev...
up to £45,000 + benefits: The Green Recruitment Company: Our Client The Green ...