Local authorities fear 3D guns are new safety risk

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Another debate unfolds as 3D making headlines across the country safety for the public and law enforcement.

Local law enforcement stressed to 6 News Wednesday the difficulties officers could face if 3D guns hit the streets.

The Cambria County Sheriff's Department fears if guns are used in crimes, it could make it nearly impossible to solve.

"Being that they’re made of plastic makes it more difficult for everyone in law enforcement to do their job," said Donald Robertson, chief deputy, Cambria County Sheriff's Department.

Denny Salem, owner at Sporting Goods Discounters in Richland said the guns aren't built for a lifetime but are strong enough to do some damage.

"You could commit murders with these and then just melt them down after you're done with it. Then, there's no trace of evidence of any kind," said Salem.

"It could make it very impossible for us working on serious crimes involving weapons. That can be a throw-down weapon now. Someone uses it one time in a crime and throws it down and you never have to worry about it," said Robertson.

Robertson said the plastic guns could also go undetected through a metal detector.

"If it's on their person it would be difficult to detect unless one of the officers observed it," said Robertson.

"It’s not going to be detectable. It’s crazy. Kind of dangerous," said Salem.

A federal judge ordered to shut down the website that allows you to download a 3D gun, but the order only lasts 10 days.

It's unclear when or if plans will go back online.

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