On May 14, the New York State Assembly and Senate voted to ban undetectable guns, including 3D-printed guns, from being manufactured and sold across the state.

The legislation, which is expected to be signed by Governor Cuomo, bans the manufacturing, sale, transport, and possession of firearms, rifles, shotguns, and the major components of weapons that are undetectable by an X-ray machine.

Rebecca Fischer, Executive Director of New Yorkers Against Gun Violence, applauded Albany politicians for taking steps to regulate in the potentially deadly devices. “Our public’s safety remains at risk if people, including those with criminal records, print guns on their own and those guns are not detectable by a metal detector, including at airports,” Fischer said. “By passing this bill, our state lawmakers are once again a model of leadership for the rest of country and are willing to do what it takes to keep us safe.”

Also called “ghost guns,” the 3-D weapons are considered especially dangerous because they have no serial numbers, which makes them essentially untraceable by law enforcement and allows criminals to bypass background checks and licensing laws. Plans and parts to make the weapons are available for purchase online.

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