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A man has been convicted of making a 3D printed gun – apparently, it’s the first time someone has been convicted of such an offence.

Tendai Muswere had told officers he was printing the firearm for a ‘dystopian’ university film project and that he didn’t know the parts he’d made were capable of firing – see the BBC News. Police had raided his home after securing a warrant to look for drugs and found parts of a 3D printed gun which the then student didn’t have a firearms licence for.‘Muswere claimed that he was printing the firearms for a ‘dystopian’ university film project but he has not explained why he included the component parts necessary to make a lethal barrelled weapon,’ commented acting detective sergeant Jonathan Roberts. ‘We know that Muswere was planning to line the printed firearms with steel tubes in order to make a barrel capable of firing. This conviction, which I believe is the first of its kind relating to the use of a 3D printer to produce a firearm, has prevented a viable gun from getting into the hands of criminals.’https://crimeline.co.uk/crimeline-news/page/2/

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