JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- As the nation stands divided on gun control regulations, what if there was a way to get guns without going through a background check?
There's a group in Texas that said some day, they could make it possible. They say some day, maybe some day soon, people will be able to print real guns at home on 3D plastics printers.
A representative from the group, Defense Distributed, posted video on You Tube. In it, he explained, "What's great about the wiki weapon is only needs to be lethal once, I mean that's the idea, right? We've now crossed the threshold. We will have the reality of a weapons system that can be printed out from your desk. Anywhere there's a computer, there's a weapon."
Phillip Gazaleh is the manager at Green Acres Sporting Goods in Jacksonville.
"I look at it as a way that people are going to circumvent the law," he said.
Gazaleh supports gun rights, but he has concerns about people being able to make their own guns.
"I don't know if I really care for access to the gun in that manner without going through the proper channels like a store to do a background check and make sure that you're allowed to have a gun."
That's why he is questioning what this group out of Texas is doing, and possibly giving people the chance to bypass the law.
"They have to pass background checks by FDLE to make sure that they're not a criminal, felon, no outstanding warrants, citizen of the United States," he explained.
We made multiple requests to interview the people behind the group that state they, "organized and operated exclusively for charitable and literary purposes." They did not respond to our requests.
People use 3D printers in many industries, including designing jewelry, automotive parts, and the dental and medical fields, among many others. Prices for the printers start around $1,000 and climb to tens of thousands of dollars for higher-end 3D printers.
We asked The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives about its position on this technology.
In a written statement, Donna Sellers wrote, "ATF's regulatory and enforcement functions are focused and clearly defined by laws and regulations governing the manufacturing of firearms. There are no restrictions on an individual manufacturing a firearm for personal use, as long as the firearm does not meet the National Firearms Act classifications or is an undetectable firearm as described in 18 USC 922 (p)."
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