RI man convicted of 3D printing ghost guns – Boston 25 News

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NORTH KINGSTOWN, RI – A North Kingstown, RI man has been found guilty in Washington County Superior Court of using a 3D printer to make ghost guns.

Nicholas Dailey, 30, pleaded nolo contendere to two counts of making and possessing a ghost gun, produced by a 3D printing process.

A judge sentenced Dailey to four years, including one year to serve in the adult correctional facility and a three-year suspended sentence.

“Since ghost guns were banned in Rhode Island in mid-2020, our office has prosecuted nearly 50 cases where these untraceable firearms are in the hands of individuals involved in criminal activity,” said Attorney General Peter Neronha in a statement. “Ghost guns are fully serviceable firearms without a serial number which therefore cannot be traced by law enforcement after being used in criminal activity. They are sought after by people who value them for this reason. accurate and/or who cannot pass a background check.

Police began investigating Dailey in May 2021 based on a hint that he had ghost weapons. The attorney general’s office said Dailey was arrested and officers found two loaded 9mm 17-round pistol magazines, along with several spent cartridge cases of the same caliber. Officers noticed that the magazines did not bear maker’s marks and that their material had a pattern of parallel lines matching the marks of items printed with a 3D printer, according to the attorney general.

Bailey admitted he has two 3D-printed handguns at his home in North Kingstown. Police then searched his home and seized two complete copies of a 3D printed ghost pistol of a 9mm Glock 17 semi-automatic handgun, three defective 3D printed Glock 17 frames, a 3D printer, a computer laptop and a box of 9mm ammunition, the attorney general’s office said.

Both ghost guns were successfully tested at the Rhode Island State Crime Laboratory and found to be serviceable.

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