Bankstown man charged over allegedly 3D-printed guns
A Sydney man is behind bars after police discovered a large stash of firearms and ammunition believed to have been created with a 3D printer.
A man has been charged with having unregistered firearms after a series of police raids uncovered 3D printers allegedly used to mass-produce them.
Police descended on a house on Cambridge Ave in Bankstown in Sydney’s south-west around 10am on Thursday and served a no firearms order on a 45-year-old man as he left his residence.
Moments later, they reportedly found a half-finished semi-automatic firearm, three 3D printers, spools of 3D printer wire, and ammunition.
Officers also reportedly found more than 200 rounds of live ammunition and a black .22 caliber Ruger rifle with a scope.
Books and computers said to contain instructions for making guns, plastic gun parts, Glock style gel blaster, M16 semi-automatic gel blaster, replica revolver, cannabis and a large amount of fireworks were also reportedly found and seized.
In the garage of the home, officers reportedly found a bag containing a gun and ammunition.
Officers were then taken to a factory on Canterbury Rd in Punchbowl where they allegedly found and seized a 3D printed semi-automatic rifle, ammunition boxes, 11 unfinished gun barrels and gun parts , including silencers and scopes.
They also reportedly found lathes, hydraulic presses, and other tools used in making 3D-printed firearms.
The investigation was led by Strike Force Temarang, which was set up in September last year to investigate the import and manufacture of 3D printed firearms in New South Wales.
Investigations have involved the Home Office, AUSTRAC and the Australian Federal Police.
The 45-year-old was charged with three counts of possession of an unauthorized pistol, two counts of possession of ammunition without a license/permit/authorization, two counts of intentionally import prohibited level 2 goods, possession of an unauthorized firearm, possession of a prohibited drug, possession of an unregistered firearm – no gun/prohibited firearm, and manufacture a prohibited firearm without license/permit.
The man was denied bail at Bankstown Local Court on Friday and is due to appear in the same court on April 21.
Investigations by Strike Force Temarang are continuing.