Councilman Lew Fidler is hoping to prevent people who own 3-D printers from turning their basements into makeshift gun factories. According to a report by the New York Daily News, Fidler wants to implement a series of checks on people who go about “printing” a series of firearms from their computer chairs.
The bill would require all gun makers to possess a gunsmith license, to register the gun with the police and to give each weapon a serial number. Fidler stressed the importance of regulation to the Daily News.
“If left unregulated, these would be weapons without histories — potentially no identifying marks or sales histories. We wouldn’t even know these weapons exist, until they were fired,” Fidler said.
The NYPD expressed the notion that Fidler’s bill may be redundant considering that would be gun makers already need a license to do so and all gun owners must already register their weapons.