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Worries over working gun made by 3D printer

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TAMPA (FOX 13) -

Chances are, if you can dream it up, it can be made with a 3D printer.

Recently, a gun was printed up by Defense Distributed in Texas. It is known as "The Liberator." Fifteen of its 16 pieces were made from hard plastic. One non-functioning metal piece was added, keeping it legal.

The blueprints are posted online, and that's raising a host of safety concerns.

Can anyone just print one up? Could someone sneak it past a metal detector?

"They're either going to have to CAD and know how to design it, have access to a printer -- this gun could fail and explode," said EMS President Mark Kemp, a Tampa company that uses 3D printers for product development.

"If the gun isn't detectable, the bullets still are," he said.

Serbu firearms in Tampa makes massive guns. Owner Mark Serbu believes it's unlikely plastic pistols present a serious threat, because besides the unreliability, there's the cost: a quality 3D printer runs in the thousands of dollars.

But he points out that "printing" a gun is not against law.

"As our laws stand, you're allowed to make your own gun," Serbu said. "If you're a criminal its way easier to go on the street buy a gun that's illegal to go through all the trouble to print something out."

But as one video shows, if a terrorist group or anybody else had the access and wanted to, a working gun appears to be only a printer away.

"Theoretically, somebody could do it," Kemp said.

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