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Philadelphia becomes first city to ban 3D-printed guns

The bill, a legislative aide told Philly Mag, is "pre-emptive" and not based on any specific threat City Council caught wind of.

A 3D printer made out of 3D printed pieces, built by Hive76 founding member Jordan Miller.

Philadelphia became yesterday the first city to ban 3D-printed guns, after City Council voted unanimously to pass the proposed law, according to a release.

The bill, a legislative aide told Philly Mag, is “pre-emptive” and not based on any specific threat City Council caught wind of.

“It’s just based upon Internet stuff out there,” said Steve Cobb, aide to Councilman Kenyatta Johnson, who wrote the bill.

The Daily News also pointed out that “It’s unclear what the impact will be because gun manufacturers are not banned from using the technology – and people who are not licensed manufacturers are already prohibited from making guns in any way.”

Mayor Michael Nutter still has to sign the bill before it becomes the law.

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