RI Senate passes bill banning 3D printed guns

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PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE) – The Rhode Island Senate approved legislation Wednesday banning 3D printed firearms and other untraceable firearms in the state.

The bill, sponsored by Democratic Senator Cynthia A. Coyne, would make it unlawful for any person in the state to “manufacture, sell, offer to sell, transfer, purchase, possess, or have under his or her control any firearm that is made from plastic, fiberglass or through a 3-D printing process; or one that lacks a serial number under the requirements of the Federal Gun Control Act of 1968”.

The bill would also ban firearms that would be largely undetectable by metal detectors or would not project an accurate image if passed through an X-ray style security scanner.  

Those in violation of the new regulations could face up to 10 years in prison and $10,000 in fines.

Repeat offenders would not be eligible for suspended or deferred sentences, or for probation.

The bill now goes to the House of Representatives.

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