The gun debate expands to include plastic firearms that can be printed at home, with lawmakers expressing concerns about new technology.
Legislators vote to renew an expiring ban on plastic firearms that are able to slip past metal detectors and X-ray machines.
Driven by both a justified concern over home-produced plastic firearms and a desire to explore the potential for cheaper police weapons, German law enforcement picks up a 3D printer.
Both New York City and New York State introduce legislation to either curb the making of 3D-printed firearms or ban their use altogether.
The State Department has successfully demanded the removal of the files from Defcad. The Pirate Bay has picked up the slack.
Despite worries about the dangers of 3D printed firearms, there's little chance of anyone with a MakerBot device gunning people down. Even gun-control advocates think the hype is too much.
Senator Leland Yee plans to introduce legislation to ban 3D-printed gun technology in order to "ensure that it is not used for the wrong purpose with potentially deadly consequences."
The State Department demands that Defense Distributed, which has created a series of 3D files used to print firearms, take down the files because they could violate export restrictions.
The US State Department has ordered that blueprints showing you how to print off your own weapon be taken offline.
The gun is capable of firing standard handgun rounds, even though it's essentially a plastic weapon.