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Working Gun Made On 3-D Printer Bought By Victoria & Albert Museum

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TO GO WITH AFP STORY BY ROBERT MACPHERSON Close-up view of the Liberator pistol in the hands of software engineer Travis Lerol on July 11, 2013. The single-shot gun is the first that can be made entirely from plastic parts forged with a 3D printer. AFP PHOTO / Robert MacPherson (Photo credit should read Robert MacPherson/AFP/Getty Images) | Getty

LONDON -- Britain's Victoria & Albert Museum says it has bought a working gun made on a 3-D printer, which sparked alarm among anti-firearms campaigners when it was unveiled in the United States.

The museum says the gun is an addition to its collection of "new, influential, innovative or experimental" contemporary design.

The "Liberator" gun was developed by University of Texas law student Cody Wilson, and made from plastic components created on a 3-D printer.

Wilson fired the gun in May, and posted blueprints online, sparking a debate about potential uses of the machines, which pump out layers of plastics, metal and other materials to create 3-D objects with moving parts.

The museum said Sunday it had acquired two Liberator prototypes, a disassembled gun and a number of archive items.

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