“Police in Australia have seized a haul of 3D-printed weapons and gun parts,” cnet.com reports, “in what law enforcement officials say is the first seizure of its kind in the state of Queensland.” Or anywhere else, I imagine. “Police descended on a 28-year-old man’s residence just south of Queensland’s Gold Coast, and said a subsequent search revealed a hoard of drugs, ammunition, a sawn-off .22 rifle and the 3D-printed weapons.” TTAG called 3D firearm printmeister Cody Wilson for a quote. But first, more deets . . .
According to Detective Inspector Scott Knowles of Queensland’s Major and Organised Crime Squad, the weapons included a set of 3D-printed knuckle dusters and “sufficient parts to make four concealable firearms” — each with roughly 8 parts per weapon.”
Detective Inspector Knowles revealed the parts were created on a 3D printer belonging to a commercial business. The printer had been left with the 28 year old in order to be calibrated. The man has since been charged with a number of drugs and weapons offences and is set to appear in court.
“With weapons and parts manufactured this way still being classified as a firearm under current legislation, people can also see themselves before the courts for manufacturing and possessing these items,” Detective Inspector Knowles said.
Cody Wilson, the man who kicked off the 3D printed gun
sh*tstorm revolution with his Liberator pistol, says he recognizes the disassembled firearm in the pic above. “The files are a couple of years old,” Cody told TTAG. “It’s the reprringer derringer [below].”
I asked Cody why he thinks his 3D-printed gun showed-up in The Land Down Under. Sensibly enough, the innovator, anarchist and author reckons it’s down to Australia’s harsh gun control regime. “Where goods can’t cross borders, files will. Where there are people who can’t own handguns out there, they’ll experiment with what they can . . . plenty of people all over OZ have printed them throughout Australia and the police have no idea where they are.”
I asked Cody if the new technology was aiding and abetting criminals, or helping disarmed population defend itself. “Is that even a question?” he asked.