The former “My Name is Earl” actress and current gun control activist denounced the increased availability of 3-D printed gun files this week.
In an opinion piece for CNN entitled, “A 3D printed gun is downloadable death” and a follow-up Anderson Cooper interview, Milano argued that public safety is at risk due to the recent settlement with Cody Wilson’s Defense Distributed Group in which the federal government granted an exception in State Department arms control regulations to allow the files to go live to a broader audience.
“It is not hyperbole to say that this could mean the end of our ability to have meaningful gun violence prevention in America,” said Milano, who recently joined a group called NoRA whose aim it is to protest the National Rifle Association along with the gun industry.
Holding that 3D printers capable of producing a firearm could be purchased for $1,000 and Wilson’s Liberator single-shot handgun printed for as little as $25 worth of plastic, the 46-year-old actress painted a picture of terrorists and felons easily making their own firearms. “Imagine the damage one of these guns, even if it was only capable of firing one shot, could do aboard a plane,” she said. “Or in a government office. Or in your child’s classroom.”
It should be noted that in 2016 screeners with the U.S. Transportation Security Administration were able to detect and intercept a 3-D printed handgun at the Reno-Tahoe International Airport in carry-on luggage with then-existing technology. The agency is currently rolling out advanced new computed tomography scanners in select airports that use sophisticated algorithms to aid in detection of explosives and weapons and are capable of creating “a 3-D image that can be viewed and rotated on three axes for thorough visual image analysis by a TSA officer.”
Further, current federal regulation requires all firearms produced in the U.S. be compliant with the Undetectable Firearms Act, a 1988 mandate that requires at least 3.7-ounces of steel content.
Besides Milano, other anti-gun advocates were outspoken on similar talking points about 3-D guns as well, with Parkland shooting survivor David Hogg tweeting, “Hope y’all are ready to get searched considering 3-D printed guns cannot be detected by a metal detector. The real question is how many terrorist attacks are going to happen with 3D printed guns until Congress realizes their mistake.”
Fred Guttenberg, the father of late Stoneman Douglas student Jaime Guttenberg, railed in all-caps on social media that the settlement on 3-D guns was not needed in a legal fight he painted the federal government as winning and will “put Americans at risk on airplanes, in schools, in public buildings that rely on detection.”
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