Monday, July 22, 2024

Police stamping out 3D-printed guns

A Sydney man has been charged with producing 3D-printed firearms.

NSW Police Criminal Groups Squad detectives charged the 29-year-old man and seized five pistols in a dawn raid on a St Marys home this morning as part of an ongoing investigation into the supply of the 3D-printed guns across Sydney’s west.

The man was arrested and taken to Penrith Police Station, where he was charged with two counts of supply unregistered firearm (pistol), four counts of unauthorised supply of firearm part, three counts of supply/give ammunition to person not authorised and unlawfully sell firearm parts three times or more within one year.

So what are 3Dprinted guns? As the name implies, they’re parts for guns made using a 3D printer and plans created on a computer or downloaded online. The assembled guns are primarily made of plastic but still capable of firing standard handgun rounds.

An example of a firearm produced using a 3D-printer.

In August last year, detectives established Strike Force Vigornia to investigate the manufacture and supply of 3D-printed firearms.

During the investigation, police seized 3D-printed firearms parts and five 3D-printed pistols. They say the items will undergo further forensic examination.

Police will allege in court that the man arrested today was involved in the supply of 3D-printed firearms and firearm parts across Sydney.

He was refused bail to appear at Penrith Local Court later today.

Anyone with information about this manufacture and supply of prohibited firearms is urged to contact Crime Stoppers: 1800 333 000 or https://nsw.crimestoppers.com.au. Information is treated in strict confidence. The public is reminded not to report crime via NSW Police social media pages.

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