7 May 2023

Man accused of manufacturing five 3D-printed firearms remanded in custody

| Travis Radford
Alleged seized printed firearm.

One of the 3D-printed firearms allegedly seized by police during a raid on a home in Turner. Photo: ACT Policing.

A Turner man who was accused of manufacturing 3D-printed guns without authorisation has been remanded in custody.

Andrew Allan Kay, 38, was arrested on 3 May at the scene of a police raid on a Turner home, where police officers say they seized a prohibited pistol, five 3D-printed firearms, 3D-printed firearm parts, a 3D-printer and printing materials, ammunition, a suppressor, SD cards and other electronics.

A small amount of drugs, suspected to be GHB and methylamphetamine, were also allegedly found by police during the raid.

Police say Mr Kay’s arrest stemmed from information provided to them by a member of the public.

NSW Police also conducted a simultaneous raid at a home in Braidwood, NSW on the same day.

In the ACT Magistrates Court on 4 May, Mr Kay was formally charged with five counts of unauthorised manufacture of firearms and single counts of unauthorised possession or use of prohibited firearms, possessing ammunition generally and unauthorised possession or use of prohibited weapons.

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Magistrate Ian Temby said he understood Mr Kay would enter not guilty pleas to the eight charges, to which he responded, “Correct”.

Mr Kay’s lawyer from Legal Aid, Steph Corish, said no application would be made for her client’s bail.

He was remanded in custody and the matter was adjourned until 15 June.

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