Soundbites: Dangers of 3D-printed guns

August 14, 2018

Soundbites: Dangers of 3D-printed guns

Dr. Frederick Rivara, UW Medicine's chief of general pediatrics, talks about why allowing 3D printing of guns is a bad idea. First, it would allow individuals who have been banned from having firearms to access to guns by simply downloading software code to a printer. Second, the 3D guns look like toys, which can confuse young children. 

"If kids can find a gun or something that looks like a gun, they will, half the time, pull the trigger," said Rivara, citing recent studies. 

He discusses the topic in this downloadable video segment


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