The world's first 3-D-printed gun, "Liberator,” created by Cody Wilson, fired a single shot on Sunday.
The experiment was recorded on video (below) by Defense Distributed and uploaded to YouTube.
The "Liberator" includes interchangeable barrels to handle different types of bullets.
According toForbes, the 3-D-printed gun wasn't damaged after firing a .380 round, but the second try misfired due to a misalignment. After switching the barrel to fire a 5.7×28 rifle cartridge on the third try, the gun exploded.
“I recognize that this tool might be used to harm people,” Wilson told Forbes. “That’s what it is; it’s a gun. But I don’t think that’s a reason to not put it out there. I think that liberty, in the end, is a better interest.”
Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) said the 3-D-printed gun was “stomach-churning” and wants to ban 3-D-printing firearms, which cannot be traced to any manufacturer, reported the New York Daily News.
Defense Distributed’s "Liberator" did not violate the law because it included a 6-ounce piece of metal, but people could replace the part with plastic, Schumer said.
“Security checkpoints, background checks and gun regulations will do little good if criminals can print their own plastic firearms at home and bring those firearms through metal detectors with no one the wiser,” said Rep. Steve Israel (D-NY), who plans to write a bill banning the gun.