RCMP warn the public about 3D printed guns

As 3D-printed guns continue to pop up in cities across Canada, the New Brunswick RCMP wants the public to know the risks of 3D printing.

Mounties said several charges have been laid since January in multiple files involving seized 3D printed guns, lower receivers and 3D printers.

The RCMP said the presence of 3D-printed guns is limited in New Brunswick, local examples are consistent with national and international trends.

Most privately made firearms (PMFs) are being used in criminal activity, police said. Canadian law prohibits residents from making their own firearms without a license.

Investigators said parents, educators, businesses and communities may not be aware of the risks PMFs have, as they look like real or toy firearms.

They are also untested, unpredictable and dangerous, according to New Brunswick RCMP Col. Hans Ouellette.

“We want to inform anyone who has already or is considering purchasing a 3D printer for their children, school, or business that along with the legitimate uses of the printer, it can also be programmed to print firearm parts or other weapons” he said.

“Being aware of the risks and the need to monitor what is being printed will greatly improve the safety of everyone involved.”

Below are tips the RCMP encourages the public to use so they can avoid the risks associated with 3D printers:

  • Be aware of what you, your children, students or employees are printing.
  • Be aware that blueprints for firearms are easily accessible online; however, printing these is illegal.
  • Be mindful of printing 3D parts for others. Should you be asked to print something that appears harmless, ensure that it is not a part that could be used to manufacture or modify firearms and other prohibited weapons. 
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