Transcript for New York to propose legislation criminalizing printing ghost guns at home
- This morning, a new push to crack down on the explosion of ghost guns flooding the streets in New York. Lawmakers in Albany now considering new legislation to toughen laws and go after the manufacturers of these 3D-printed, untraceable, deadly weapons. I got an up close look at the need for action, just how cheap, easy, and fast they are to produce.
In just hours--
- You print it out in a form that looks like that.
REPORTER: --and for a few hundred bucks, you could make a real gun in your house--
- This is a traditional [INAUDIBLE] receiver.
REPORTER: --that's untraceable and nearly 100% polymer, made on a 3D-printer.
- This is gonna be for basically a long gun.
REPORTER: Including extended magazines that can hold 30 to 50 bullets and other gun parts like silencers, all untraceable.
Now, this is one of the 3D-printed guns. It's been test-fired by the NYPD, so it works. And what's wild is not only how real this looks, but how real it feels. I mean, it's heavy, just like a gun that has been traditionally manufactured.
That's because these printed guns are real. And the number of recovered 3D-printed guns has soared in New York. A hundred in 2019, 637 recovered last year. And the NYPD just made a bust last Friday.
- A case we worked hand in hand, we recovered several ghost guns, as well as several 3D-printed firearm major components. So it's still very in its infancy, but it just proves of what we are seeing.
REPORTER: And now, new legislation just introduced in the State House in Albany would make it a Class D Felony to use a 3D-printer to make a gun and/or gun parts. And a new Class A Misdemeanor to sell the digital instructions to print the weapons.
- The pipeline is now on your kitchen table.
- We see how significant it is that they are allowed to print.
REPORTER: Right now, somebody printing guns can only be charged with possessing the weapons.
- But what they are really doing is manufacturing those guns. So we need to call it what it is, and we needed a law that directly prescribes that conduct.
- We're really trying to stay on top of the curve, in fact get ahead of the curve.
REPORTER: The DA's office in the NYPD printed all of these guns to train and testify at trials about the process that continues to advance.
It is fascinating and terrifying on so many levels.
- They're having another buyback event this Saturday, I believe, in Harlem. They're welcoming ghost guns. That's the key is to try to get these untraceable weapons off the streets, even if you're, you know, one of the few out there that-- maybe a hobbyist or something like that. You never know if they could end up in the wrong hands. And so we'll see what happens with this piece of legislation.
- It's wild you held it and you felt it. And you said it felt like a real gun.
- And that's because it is. And so that's one of the things that the officials were saying is that even though you hear the word kind of ghost or the term ghost gun--
- Right, it is a real gun.
- It is a real gun. And unlike before where maybe it would fire one or two shots, now they're becoming so advanced that they can fire multiple shots.
- And the key here, quickly and cheaply.
- Quickly and cheaply. I mean, for under $200, I mean, you could have something like that. So that's something that they're trying to really crack down on. It takes a multipronged approach. And so this is one of the things that, you know, the lawmakers there feel like could be a new tool, so.
- Anyway, looking forward to seeing what happens with all those--
- I'm glad you did that. I'm really glad you did that.
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