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The UK's first 3D printed gun parts seized by police in Manchester

Found a £1,200 high street 3D printer
Fri Oct 25 2013, 11:08

3D PRINTED GUN PARTS have been seized by police in Manchester that coppers called "the UK's first ever 3D gun", though they must mean "3D printed" gun, as we can't think of many 2D ones, but we'll let them off.

Found in the Baguley area of the city, the parts are being examined by police specialists to determine whether they could actually construct a working firearm.

Police said they found the parts along with a 3D printer, but they haven't said what make or model it was. They did say, however, that it is available on the high street for about £1,200.

"During the searches, officers found a 3D printer and what is suspected to be a 3D plastic magazine and trigger which could be fitted together to make a viable 3D gun," the police statement read. "If they are found to be viable components for a 3D [printed] gun, it would be the first ever seizure of this kind in the UK."

The raid was part of the Greater Manchester Police "Challenger" operation, which the force said is "the largest ever multi-agency operation to target organised criminality" in the northern city.

Detective inspector Chris Mossop said, "If what we have seized is proven to be viable components capable of constructing a genuine firearm, then it demonstrates that organised crime groups are acquiring technology that can be bought on the high street to produce the next generation of weapons.

"In theory, the technology essentially allows offenders to produce their own guns in the privacy of their own home, which they can then supply to the criminal gangs who are causing such misery in our communities."

The police are touting the discovery as the possible birth of "the next generation of firearms" because of how easy they are to smuggle past x-ray scanners due to their plastic construction. It does seem like a serious operation, as the police said a man linked to the parts has been arrested on suspicion of making gunpowder.

"If what we have seized today can, as we suspect, be used to make a genuine firearm then today will be an important milestone in the fight against this next generation of homemade weapons," the detective added. µ


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