24 November 2023

3D-printed rocket-propelled grenade, guns, seized from teenage boy

| Claire Fenwicke
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3D printed rocket propelled grenade

Police were alerted to the presence of 3D-printed weapons in Garran. Photo: ACT Policing.

Police have issued a reminder that creating 3D-printed weapons is illegal after a significant seizure in Garran.

Officers had been alerted to a 17-year-old boy in possession of a 3D-printed firearm at about 10:45 am on Thursday (16 November).

The firearm, a white and black replica bolt action pistol, was seized, and an investigation has begun.

Later that day, police attended and searched the boy’s home where several 3D-printed firearms were found.

These included a silver replica .44 Magnum revolver, a black and green replica rocket-propelled grenade, a black replica 50 calibre revolver pistol and 3D printed ammunition.

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The manufacturing of 3D-printed weapons is illegal in the Territory, and 3D-printed firearms are considered illegal weapons.

Anyone with information regarding illicit firearms is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000. Information can be provided anonymously.

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While I can see the argument against replica’s these look like toys. It would be better to see the resources wasted on this used to address offences which actually kill people.
Things that kill people in the ACT are domestic violence and motor drivers.
While domestic violence is finally being recognised I’d be interested in the number of drivers charged with offences relating to driving too close to a cyclist. My guess would be zero despite it occurring hundreds of times each day. Drivers rarely pass cyclists at a safe distance in the ACT.

Exactly why decriminalisation of drug possession makes far less sense than decriminalisation of unlicensed gun ownership. Anyone that can afford a printer can just print off a firearm. You can’t print off your own meth and there are obvious signs of a meth lab on a suburban street. The difference is purely ideological rather than harm prevention and safety.

This just isn’t true. It is possible to produce 3d printed firearms but it’s a pretty challenging operation and involves a LOT more than just ‘printing some guns off’ while you pop down the shop. I wish people would stop spouting this garbage as a reason for relaxation of firearms controls!
While the bits of plastic this kid had are unfortunately classed as ‘firearms’, they’re nothing of the sort. It’s a plastic shell. If you somehow managed to get ammunition (also heavily restricted and unable to be purchased without a licence and evidence that you’re buying it for the specific weapon you’re licensed to own/use), you couldn’t put it inside this toy because it has no chamber, no bolt, no firing pin! Let’s say you did somehow manage to print these components and assembled it, AND acquired ammunition, do you think it’s going to stand up to 30,000+ PSI pressure when you pull the trigger? No, it’s going to explode in your hand and probably fill your face with plastic fragments.

Thanks for bringing some sanity and truth – neither of which is Sam known for.

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