Who made 3D printed guns

Firearms from 3D printer: Spanish police excavate workshop

In Spain, the police discovered for the first time an illegal workshop using 3D printers to make firearms. The prosecutors have now announced this. The raid in Santa Cruz de Tenerife on Tenerife had already taken place in September, but has so far been kept secret. According to the information that has now been released, one person could be arrested, and two 3D printers, 11 filament spools, dozen of manuals, various IT devices and 19 3D-printed frames of handguns were also seized. The local police also found a taser, a machete, a katana and objects with racist or National Socialist symbols. Even chemical substances for making explosives have been found.

Material for terrorists

As the investigating authority now explains, the workshop had discovered after it became aware of a person who had bought individual parts of firearms and explosive substances on the Internet. In a total of four searches on September 14, a 3D printer was found in one of the rooms, which was in the process of producing a frame for a firearm. The handbooks seized included those on guerrilla warfare in cities, a "terrorist handbook", and several on the use and handling of firearms and 3D-printed weapons. According to El País, the owner of the workshop is a 55-year-old Spaniard who runs a nursing home. It is therefore unclear whether he also sold 3D-printed weapons.

Firearms from the 3D printer have been hotly debated for years, triggered above all in connection with the American Cody Wilson. In 2013, he put the world's first files online for 3D printing a complete weapon. This makes it possible to produce a sharp pistol almost entirely from plastic with a standard 3D printer. Such a weapon cannot be detected by metal detectors, for example. In addition, the history of such a weapon cannot be reconstructed without a serial number. There was a long legal back-and-forth over Wilson's platform. Last year, it posted 3D print files for various firearms on the Internet, but supposedly only US-Americans are allowed to access them.


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