Jul.4, 2013

A plastic 3D printed hand-gun could become the biggest nightmare of administration. Journalists from Israel's Channel 10 tested traditional methods of perimeter security by bringing a 3D printed plastic gun and managed to walk in the highly-secured Knesset compound twice.

The reporters downloaded the blueprints of 3D printable gun from internet and got it printed and assembled. The gun was then tested in a police-supervised weapons range and successfully fired a live bullet at a cardboard target.

The program team was then ready for testing the security systems in Israel. The first time, the show's reporters entered into the offices of the Knesset Interior Committee Chairwoman Miri Regev, with a hidden plastic gun.

The second time, reporter Uri Even managed to carry the gun into an event in the Knesset compound, attended by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. The reporter passed the metal detector and got to sit only a few feet away from the prime minister without anyone noticing the gun.

Knesset Officer Brig. Gen. Yossi Griff said in response that this is a new phenomenon which poses a completely new challenge for security arrangements in Israel and the world. According to Griff, all government ministries and public institutions, are currently examining the issue in attempt to find a solution as soon as possible.

The Prime Minister's Office issued a statement on behalf of the Shin Bet: "The way of action shown in the report is known to security personnel. Apart from the security checks, several other security arrangements, both visible and hidden, exist.

"The act was irresponsible and could have endangered the perpetrators of the questionable 'journalistic mission' and cause them severe damage."

The blueprints of 3D printable gun have already been downloaded more than 100,000 times, and it could be "impossible" to stop 3D-printed guns from being made, said the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. And the 3D printed gun, without all metallic parts, could easily pass any security checkpoints.

The sad truth is that, "Limiting access may be impossible." So what can government in all countries do now? Ban 3D printers? More intruding security checks?

Watch below the video from Haaretz (In Hebrew only).

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Nasty wrote at 7/9/2013 8:19:49 PM:

Like someone said above, you can hide a bullet in something like keychain. You only need one. And what do you mean, Bri, about accuracy? The journalist was 'a few feet away'.

Teknix wrote at 7/8/2013 12:30:37 PM:

There we go... #facepalm

Bri wrote at 7/5/2013 6:48:06 PM:

Or better yet, how is he going to accurately aim the thing from that distance? Just more fear mongering...

alidan wrote at 7/5/2013 2:56:06 PM:

it should be noted, that the gun is a proof of concept. fireing it... you can do more damage with an air pistol... at least from what i remember.

MichaelAtOz wrote at 7/5/2013 6:39:18 AM:

+1, although there was that movie with the epoxy gun, where he smuggled the bullet inside a keychain ornament...

wes wrote at 7/4/2013 11:42:07 PM:

Would love to know the accuracy at say 25 feet or around 8 meters. Am sure they didn't bring in a bullet, as if caught then, they would been in a good deal of trouble. I can see how this would drive security people a little crazy for what can be done to limit an illegal weapon from entering.

London3D wrote at 7/4/2013 3:17:43 PM:

Well home 3D printing was fun while it lasted.

Mouldmesh wrote at 7/4/2013 1:23:33 PM:

Ok, he got in with a plastic gun... what is he going to do without a bullet? throw it to his head? I think this is more sensationalism than anything to worry about...

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