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LelandYeephoto.JPGA Democratic state legislator has announced a push to ban technology that could let people make guns with a "3-D printer" in the wake of media reports of the successful test fire of such a weapon.

A Texas company called Defense Distributed says it has successfully fired a handgun made mostly of plastic using a 3-D printer.The group posted videos of the test online.

Sen. Leland Yee, D-San Francisco, announced Tuesday that he will introduce legislation to ban the process here, saying California "must be proactive in seeking solutions to this new threat rather than wait for the inevitable tragedies this will make possible."

A 3-D printer makes a three-dimensional object from a digital model, using a process that adds successive layers in different shapes. Traditional machining techniques subtract material through cutting, drilling and other methods.

"While I am as impressed as anyone with 3-D printing technology, and I believe it has amazing possibilities, we must ensure that it is not used for the wrong purpose with potentially deadly consequences," Yee said in a statement.

Language for the bill is still being drafted, a spokesman for Yee said.

PHOTO CREDIT: State Sen. Leland Yee, D-San Francisco speaks to members of the press in his office at the Capitol in Sacramento on Feb. 14, 2013. Sacramento Bee/Randall Benton.


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