Frey, Carter join mayors nationwide calling for prevention of 3-D printed guns

Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey and St. Paul Mayor Melvin Carter are joining mayors across the country, calling for 3-D printing manufacturers to create features to prevent the production of homemade guns.

Frey and Carter along with 29 other mayors signed a letter addressed to HP, ExOne, Statasays Ltd., 3D Systems Corporation and Proto Labs. Two other companies which manufacture 3-D printers have created a feature to prevent their printers from making guns.

The letter argues 3-D printed guns can be untraceable as there is no documentation or serial number to track and are undetectable since the guns are made from a plastic composition which isn't picked up by metal detectors.

“Mayors are painfully familiar with how gun violence impact cities,” said Frey in press release. “During a time when Congress and our state legislature have failed to advance common sense gun control laws, it would be devastating for cities like Minneapolis to flood our neighborhoods with a wave of guns that are unregulated, difficult to trace, and easy to conceal.” 

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 36,000 people died in gun-related incidents last year.