UK Changes Law to Explicitly Ban 3D Guns
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3D printed guns have always technically been illegally in the UK. It’s simply illegal to make your own functioning firearm there, unlike the US, where, in most states, you can completely legally make your own firearms for personal use (transferring them to another person is a big no-no without the proper licenses though – please check your local/state laws and consult with your attorney for more details).
However, now the UK government has issued new rule changes which explicitly makes the 3D printing of firearms illegal.
Per a new official policy document,
The manufacture, purchase, sale and possession of 3D printed firearms, ammunition or their component parts is fully captured by the provisions in section 57(1) of the Firearms Act 1968. The definition of firearm in the Act includes any component parts. 3D printed firearms are subject to strict control in the following respects:
a. under section 1 of the 1968 Act, it is an offence for an individual to possess, purchase or acquire any component part of a firearm without a certificate;
b. under section 3 of the 1968 Act, it is an offence for a person to manufacture or possess for sale a component part of a firearm acting by way of trade or business; and
c. under section 5 of the 1968 Act, it is an offence for a person to manufacture, possess, purchase, sell, transfer or acquire a component part of a prohibited weapon without the authority of the Secretary of State for the Home Department or by Scottish Ministers in Scotland.
3D guns have been a heated point of conversation since plans for working, 3D printed firearms became readily available on the Internet earlier this year.
Last month, we saw the first magazine fed, fully metal gun produced through 3D printing (it’s a 1911!), however the process used in that case was more of an enterprise level manufacturing process than something that could be easily produced in a garage.
Congress is actually set to renew, and possibly expand, the Undetectable Gun Act this week with much of the debate centering around 3D printed guns.