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3D printed guns cause concern for local law enforcement

TOPEKA, Kan. (KSNT) - There are new concerns about blueprints available on the internet that show how 3D printers can be used to make guns.


The printers can be used to make just about anything out of plastic, including keys and prosthetics. 


There are similar printers available to the public at 712 Innovations and the Topeka & Shawnee County Public Library. 


Both have policies prohibiting the making of weapons.


"When we were formed, these things were already on the internet and had been around for quite some time," said Executive Director Karen Lane Christilles. "And, of course the technology, since this is an emerging technology, that technology is continuing to grow." 


However, that doesn't stop people from buying printers to create illegal weapons on their own and it has local law enforcement concerned. 


"The terrorist organizations, criminal street gangs, they could all use this to their benefit and keep these untrackable, untraceable guns out of law enforcements view and do some serious harm to the community," said Lt. Andrew Beightel. 


Lt. Beightel also said they have not encountered these types of weapons in Topeka, but they will continue learning more about them so that they can help keep these weapons out of the community.





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