CIMUN Chronicle / Article / 2016

Three-Dimensional Printing of Small Arms: Brazil's Take


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By Cloda McCormack, O Globo

The Disarmament and International Security (DISEC) committee took on the thought-provoking topic of 3D printed guns in their discussion of restricting the flow of small arms trade in regions of conflict.

The Brazilian delegation, in compliance with President-elect Jair Bolsonaro and his plans to relax the stricter gun laws that have been put in place in past years, declared to the committee: “It’s almost impossible to regulate the flow of these materials," said the representative from Brazil to DISEC. "There must be a balance between regulating this issue and not stopping the innovation that 3D printing presents.”

This mirrors President-elect Jair Bolsonaro's plans to relax the stricter gun laws that have been put in place in past years.

For over 20 years, Brazil has been ranked as one of the top global producers of small arms and ammunition, and although the Arms Trade Treaty has been recently ratified by the senate, the small arms trade in and out of Brazil is continuing with no signs of stopping. One of the main campaign promises of recently-elected Bolsonaro is the relaxation of gun restrictions, such that anyone would be allowed to own a gun. This is already in the process of becoming reality.

There must be a balance between creating regulations related to 3D printed guns and avoiding the loss of positive yet unrelated benefits of these innovative tools, as the Brazilian representative emphasized. Whatever the outcome of the committee’s meeting will be, it is hopeful that there will not be extremely strict regulations placed upon countries such as ours.