Broward County Libraries Halt Use of 3-D Printers Amid Concerns Over Printing Guns

A South Florida county is halting the use of 3-D printers at public libraries amid concerns they could be used to make guns or other dangerous weapons.

Broward County libraries made the decision Monday a week after a man was shot outside a downtown Fort Lauderdale library. The Sun Sentinel reports the printers have been in use at Broward libraries for about four years, but visitors could not use the printers on their own. They had to submit their request and the staff would do the actual printing.

The decision also comes amid concerns that instructions to print 3-D guns will be made available online. Broward County is also home to Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School where a gunman killed 17 in February igniting a national debate on gun safety.

It's unclear how long the printers will be out of circulation.

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