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Gun made from 3-D printer fires successfully; calls for ban follow

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A moment of movie fiction just got a little more real thanks to 3-D printing technology.

In the movie "In the Line of Fire," the villain is fixated with building a wood and plastic gun to get past metal detectors, so he can assassinate the president. But his plan is eventually foiled by a Secret Service agent played by Clint Eastwood.

Defense Distributed says they've successfully built a similar weapon using a 3-D printer.

A print-and-shoot, plastic gun has been the goal of Defense Distributed's Cody Wilson for more than a year. The weapon, in theory, would not set off a metal detector.

"That was always the goal. Can you print a gun with with a 3-D printer? Can you do it?," Wilson explained. 

Defense Distributed says they've printed working, high-capacity magazines and even a lower receiver for an AR-15 before. And Sunday, with Wilson pulling the trigger, the group posted a video of "The Liberator," a working, plastic gun made from an $8,000 3-D printer. The Liberator's blueprints are now online for anyone to download.

According to Forbes.com, Wilson's team used a metal nail as a firing pin and added a piece of steel to conform to the existing Undetectable Firearms Act, but there's no guarantee others will do the same.

New York Senator Chuck Schumer is now joining those in Congress calling for 3-D printed guns to be made illegal.

"Now anyone, a terrorist, someone who's mentally ill, a spousal abuser, a felon can essentially open a gun factory in their garage, and the only thing they need is a computer and a little over $1,000," Schumer argued.

Glen Burnie resident Travis Lerol showed ABC7 back in Feb. how he was able to print parts for his AR-15 from a small 3-D printer he keeps in his spare bedroom.

"I don't think there's any practical danger of someone printing an untraceable weapon; and if they did, the round would set off metal detectors," Lerol said.

Schumer joins New Your Representative Steve Israel in pushing for the Undetectable Firearms Act to be renewed and updated to address 3-D printed guns. The law expires at the end of the year.

Three days ago, Staples announced that it would begin selling 3-D printers online and in stores this month.

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