Canadian border cops halt production of 3D-printed weapons after parcels intercepted
The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) today released the results of a months-long investigation into 3D printed firearms.
A 34-year-old Manitoba man faces eight charges on four counts after CBSA and RCMP jointly executed a search warrant at a residence in Hanover, Manitoba on December 16, 2021.
After finding two 3D-printed restricted handguns and a 3D printer, three non-restricted firearms and a quantity of ammunition, officers arrested the unnamed man, who did not have a valid license to possess or produce firearms.
“Making your own firearm with a 3D printer is not a hobby, it’s a crime,” said Jeryn Peters, director of Intelligence and Enforcement Operations Division, CBSA Manitoba. , in the February 4 press release. “The CBSA is working closely with the RCMP and other partners to prevent prohibited and undeclared firearms and firearm parts from entering Canada and will arrest and charge those responsible for these activities.
The process of 3D printing, sometimes called additive manufacturing, involves using a machine to produce a physical object from a three-dimensional digital model, typically using many thin layers of a plastic material.
The case began after officers checking packages at a mail processing center in Mississauga, Ont., intercepted a “suspicious” package from the United States bound for southeast Manitoba.
An inspection revealed undeclared firearm components of a type commonly used to reinforce 3D-printed plastic handguns.
According to the CBSA’s Criminal Investigations Section, the arrested man has been released and faces the following charges: one count of misrepresentation, two counts of manufacturing a restricted firearm, three counts of possession of ‘an unlicensed firearm and two counts of violating gun storage rules.
Canada has a mandatory minimum sentence of three years imprisonment for a first offense on conviction of manufacturing a firearm without a licence. Offenders can face up to 10 years in prison.
In the release, the CBSA thanked the RCMP’s National Weapons Fraud Support Team and its East District Crime Support Team.