New weapons manufacturing methods, including 3D printing, will be examined by the Australian Greens' new Senate inquiry into illegal guns.
Australian Greens spokesperson for Legal Affairs Senator Penny Wright said the three-month investigation would provide recommendations to government on how to make Australian streets safer.
"Homemade 3D printed guns are a real threat, because they're impossible to track and tricky to pick up in security screening," Senator Wright said.
"Just this week the United Nations has issued a report saying the technology is improving and 3D printing could soon be a lucrative alternative for small arms manufacturing and sale.
"I want to look at what Australian governments need to do to prepare for this threat now, rather than wait until it's too late."
Senator Wright said the inquiry would also look at the broader illegal guns trade, including whether police resourcing was adequate to cope with the estimated 250,000 illicit weapons already in circulation.
The Senate today voted to establish the inquiry through the Legal and Constitutional Affairs References committee. The full terms of reference are available here.