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N4T Investigators: 3-D printed guns

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For safety advocates the idea of 3-D printed guns is a scary thought.

"This changes the safety of Americans forever if this is allowed to happen," said Fred Guttenberg who's daughter was killed in a mass shooting.

However, for gun rights advocates, the idea of 3-D printed guns is both a 1st and 2nd Amendment right.

"I don't think you should have the ability or anyone else should have the ability to control your access to it on the internet or your ability to print it on a machine," said Cody Wilson with Defense Distributed.

Wilson is at the center of an ongoing legal battle over 3-D printed guns. Wilson was about to publish downloadable instruction on how to make the guns before a court order stopped him.

A hearing on that issues is set for August 10th.

In the meantime, local gun shop owners, say the issues of 3-D printed guns is overblown.

"You know for me it's somebody that is doing a hobby at home. It's not really anything that is going to compete with my business," said Ed Chavez of R and A tactical.

Chavez believes people should be allowed to make the guns.

"If it's going to be used as a personal recreational item then I don't see anything wrong with it," said Chavez.

Safety advocates though are worried that the guns will not be used for recreational purposes.

Made out of plastic and lacking a serial number, Guttenberg says the guns will be undetectable and untraceable.

"Someone can walk in with a gun and you won't know," said Guttenberg.

"Why should the federal government tell you what you can and cannot make," said Wilson.

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