A Western Australian teenager has been charged with firearm offences after police seized a fully functioning firearm he allegedly made at home with a 3D printer.
It is alleged that the printed rifle can fire fifteen 9mm rounds with a single trigger pull. The gun was made in 48 hours at a cost of just forty dollars.
CNN reported Police in Western Australia found the weapon and a number of other firearms after executing a search warrant at the 18-year-old man’s home in early June.
“This firearm, although it resembles a toy, has the ability to cause serious harm within our community,” Detective Senior Sgt. Blair Smith told reporters. “It’s deeply concerning that this man was able to manufacture this firearm at home with a 3D printer and readily available materials.”
Last year, the Western Australia government proposed changing gun laws to make it illegal to manufacture plastic 3D firearms. Under the proposal, a maximum 10-year sentence would apply to anyone caught with plans or instructions on how to make them.
In response to the find, WA police have formed a new task force to target people manufacturing firearms.