Inside Story

Is there any way to stop the 3D-printing of guns?

A judge blocked the release of blueprints to make 3D-printed guns, but despite the order the problem is not going away.

A US court has barred a self-described “crypto-anarchist” from publishing the software blueprints for 3D printed guns.

But information is already available on the internet and if publications had gone ahead it would have immediately become a lot easier to download the plans for the weapons.

And with the quality of 3D printers rapidly rising – and their cost falling equally as fast – that worries a lot of people.

Not just gun control activists.

Despite this week’s court order, it is a problem that is not going away.

Is public safety more important than freedom of information?

Presenter: Peter Dobbie


Paul Barrett – Deputy director at New York University Stern Centre for Business and Human Rights

Iain Overton – Executive director in Action on Armed Violence

Richard Feldman – Former regional political director at National Rifle Association