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Governor signs bills banning 3D guns, adding new storage rules

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The Liberator is a plastic handgun made with a 3-D printer.

New York has banned the manufacture, sale and possession of 3D-printed guns and other types of undetectable firearms under a measure signed into law by Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who also signed new rules for the safe storage of firearms in homes with children.

"3D guns and improperly stored firearms pose an enormous risk to our children and today we're addressing both dangers head-on to keep our families safe," the governor said. "These measures continue New York's legacy of enacting the strongest gun laws in the nation by helping keep firearms out of the hands of children and by acknowledging and addressing technological advancements like 3D printed guns."

The new rules require guns to be locked in secure storage or made harmless with a trigger lock if anyone under 16 could access the weapon. Exceptions will be made for teens with licenses to hunt or use a firearm.

"Today, New York State has again made it a priority to protect our children and communities with this strong, sensible gun violence prevention legislation," said Rebecca Fischer, Executive Director of New Yorkers Against Gun Violence. "New Yorkers Against Gun Violence has been fighting for 25 years for a child access prevention law in New York State to prevent unintentional shootings, teen suicides, school shootings, and gun thefts. We are grateful to Governor Cuomo and to our New York lawmakers who have the courage to take action and enact life-saving laws."

The two bills are among several gun control measures approved by lawmakers earlier this year. On Monday, Cuomo signed legislation extending a waiting period from three to 30 days for potential gun buyers whose instant background check yields inconclusive results.

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