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Warning from police on the dangers of PMFs

By Tara Clow Sep 19, 2023 | 12:49 PM

A warning from RCMP on the dangers of privately made firearms (PMFs) including 3D printed firearms.

Since January 2023, the New Brunswick RCMP has laid charges in multiple files involving seized 3D printed guns, 3D printed lower receivers and 3D printers.

RCMP say it is illegal to make your own firearms in Canada, without the proper firearms license, whether using a 3D printer or other means.

PMFs, also called “ghost guns,” appeal to individuals intending to use them for criminal purposes because they do not have a serial number and are difficult to trace.

RCMP adds they are also untested, unpredictable and dangerous.

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“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,” says Corporal Hans Ouellette with the New Brunswick RCMP.

Below are tips you can use to 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.

The New Brunswick RCMP is actively monitoring the illegal manufacturing of PMFs and works collaboratively with our partners on this emerging crime trend.

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