A recent investigation has led to the bust first-of-its-kind in Winnipeg of “ghost gun” 3D-printing manufacturing operations while police in other Canadian cities saw an increase in firearms can not be traced.
Winnipeg police charged a man 31 years old on June 1 with the arms trade after seizing 28 weapons from his home, including many made using a 3D printer and without serial numbers or marks to track.
“I can only think of one reason why the manufacture of firearms that can not be registered or detected and it is to circumvent the law that was in place to protect us all,” Winnipeg Inspector. Max Waddell told a press conference on June 9.
Police said they first told after he was trying to buy part is prohibited for the AR-15 semi-automatic rifles from firearms resellers in mid-May. Under the federal ban on a variety of weapons that came to effect on May 1, after a restricted rifle such as the AR-15 is now prohibited.
However, this is not the first time tracked “ghost guns” have been found in Canada.
Regina Police made two arrests in May after finding made illegal firearms and “computer machining parts of firearms.” Last December, police in Ontario damaged ring manufacturing firearms and seized some weapons that were made using a 3D printer.
Instructions for making these weapons can be found online and in the US, 80 percent of “ghost gun” can be purchased legally assembled.
DC Director of Forensic Services Department said in January that Washington police see these kinds of weapons “almost every day.”
Improved 3D-printed guns reportedly have sparked concern from some US lawmakers and weapons-control advocates who fear this latest development allows faster, easier access to guns.
In Canada, it is a criminal offense for individuals to produce firearms if they do not have their approved business license to do so.
Rod Giltaca, CEO and executive director of the Canadian Coalition for the Rights of Firearms told Brampton News that anyone who violates the law could face the Canadian arms of up to 10 years in prison.
“You can not manufacture firearms without registering them or at least to let the government know you manufacture firearms,” said Giltaca. “When it comes to the AR-15 pre-1 May they were firearms is restricted and therefore they need to be registered so there is a large gathering of people could incur costs.”
RCMP said in a statement continue to “monitor developments with respect to the 3D-printed guns” but warns these weapons do not change gun laws today.
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