A group of Israeli journalists recently managed to smuggle a hand gun made with a 3D printer into the Knesset and even point the weapon at Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu from a distance of only 10 yards (meters).
The reporters were from Israel's Channel 10 News. One of the weekly technology shows, they demonstrated how the gun had been made with a simple 3D printer and polymer plastic sheets, all of which can be purchased online.
Detailed instructions on how to print and assemble the gun are available online for free, after first being posted by Texas-based start-up Defense Distributed.
The reporters said they had no problem smuggling the gun past the Knesset security checkpoint, after which they took it into a Knesset Internal Affairs Committee hearing. Later, the gun was taken into a ceremony where Netanyahu was speaking. Seated just a few rows from the prime minister, the reporter quietly took out the gun and pointed it at him.
Israeli security officials were not impressed by the journalists' stunt, but agreed that the new threat of printable plastic guns is worrying, noting that there are currently hundreds of 3D printers in Israel. The devices can be purchased locally for just $2,000.
Were terrorists to begin to make use of this new technology, many of Israel's current security measures at public venues could become obsolete.
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