May.24, 2013

New South Wales Police Commissioner Andrew Scipione has warned the public against the use of 3-dimensional printed guns, pointing out that they are both dangerous and illegal.

Commissioner Scipione revealed in a press conference today (Friday 24 May 2013) that he had attended a demonstration in a controlled environment in which a 3D-printed gun was fired.

"The results of the demonstration were disturbing and our worst fears were realized because it showed the effect it can have on the gun handler and the victim," Commissioner Scipione said.

3D printed guns do not have any of the safety standards, quality control or protection for the user that commercially-produced firearms have.

"The message goes out to anyone with the resources to purchase a 3D printer. Don't attempt to use a 3D printer to produce a weapon. A 3D-printed gun is not potentially dangerous, it is dangerous," the Commissioner said.

3D printers are a sign of the technological advances we are witnessing in the world. They are put to many positive uses, including medical, scientific and industrial.

"Advances like these should be encouraged, embraced and harnessed to do good, not evil," he said.

"3D guns are made of thermo-plastic or synthetic material which makes them undetectable in airport X-ray machines. The terrorism implications of such a weapon are huge," the Commissioner said.

"3D guns are undetectable, untraceable and easy to manufacture."

"Make no mistake, these things are firearms. You do not need bullets to make it a firearm. It is a firearm. If you produce a firearm using a 3D printer, you are committing at least two crimes: Manufacturing a firearm and possession of an illegal firearm. We will prosecute offenders caught manufacturing, selling, owning or in possession of a 3D gun," Commissioner Scipione added.



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2robotguy wrote at 5/24/2013 8:22:54 PM:

That's what you get for printing the gun on a bfb.

JD90 wrote at 5/24/2013 8:21:45 PM:

The warning isn't necessary. I'd say let those that don't have good sense learn the hard way.

Proteus wrote at 5/24/2013 5:49:32 PM:

I bet they either: A. Used the wrong type of round. (.380 acp IS NOT 9mm luger). B. Used the wrong type of plastic. C. Didn't print it according to DD instructions in the readme.

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