Millet man arrested for 3D printing guns

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Life for law enforcement got a little complicated after Wetaskiwin RCMP seized a 3D-printed firearm from a Millet home.

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“3D printing guns is new,” said Cpl. Troy Savinkoff, RCMP Media Relations Officer. “It’s something we believe will become more considerate.”

During the last week of September, Wetaskiwin RCMP opened an investigation into an individual using a 3D printer to manufacture a firearm.

As a result of the investigation, on September 29, Wetaskiwin RCMP executed a search warrant at a residence in Millet. Following the search, a 3D printed firearm was seized.

A 26-year-old man, a resident of Millet, was arrested and charges are pending for making a firearm and two other weapons-related offences.

“When we found him, he had pretty much all the parts made.”

The police want to remind the public that 3D printing a firearm is illegal. If you are found guilty, you risk receiving a criminal record and having your firearms license revoked.

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“You can 3D print just about anything,” Savinkoff said, “but the charge of possessing a weapon includes the replicas. The charge doesn’t discriminate.

Although it is possible that a 3D printed firearm could be used, there is a risk to the person attempting to use the firearm as some 3D printed firearms can shatter when are fired, posing a risk to the operator or others nearby, Savinkoff said.

“It’s not worth the risk.”

If you have information regarding the illegal manufacture of firearms, please call your local police. If you wish to remain anonymous, you may contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS), online at www.P3Tips.com or by using the “P3 Tips” app available through the Apple app or Google Play Store.

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