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Lawmakers, police speak about risks of open-source 3D-printed gun technology

FILE - This May 10, 2013, file photo shows a plastic pistol that was completely made on a 3D-printer at a home in Austin, Texas. A coalition of gun-control groups has filed an appeal in federal court seeking to block a recent Trump administration ruling that will allow the publication of blueprints to build a 3D-printed firearm. (Jay Janner/Austin American-Statesman via AP, File)

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX) - Guns you can make from the same plastic as your kid's Lego sets will soon be just a click away.

Wednesday, Defense Distributed, an Austin, Texas, gun design company, will share new blueprints for building 3D-printed guns.

The release of the blueprints comes as a victory for company founder, Cody Wilson, who spent five years battling opposition from the State Department.

When the government ordered he take down the blueprints in 2013, he did, and sued the government, claiming this violated his constitutional rights. Recently, the Department of Justice offered a settlement allowing the blueprints to go back online.

But these unregulated, unregistered and untraceable 3D-printed guns are drawing backlash across the country.

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"Terrorists can get a hold of these, criminals can get hold of these," New York Sen. Chuck Schumer said Monday.

And so could children, a concern raised by Bakersfield police.

"There is a concern that kids might think they're toys," police Sgt. Brian Holcombe said.

Police are concerned for children, and about people prohibited from having weapons.

"We have untraceable weapons now, we have the ability to make those firearms now. This is just one step that is a little bit easier for those folks to obtain the weapons that we don't want out there," Holcombe said.


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