The plastic gun police fear could be the weapon of choice

3D plastic guns readily made on 3Ds printers have NSW Police concerned.
3D plastic guns readily made on 3Ds printers have NSW Police concerned.

THEY are cast in plastic, undetectable at airports and potentially deadly.

Guns made on 3D printers are the latest concern for NSW Police.

With starter 3D printers retailing online for under $3,000 police fear the plastic guns may become the weapon of choice for organised crime or even terrorism.

New South Wales Police Commissioner Andrew Scipione today warned the public against the use of 3-dimensional printed guns, pointing out that they are both dangerous and illegal.

Commissioner Scipione revealed in a press conference today that he had attended a demonstration in a controlled environment in which a 3D-printed gun was fired.

"The results of the demonstration were disturbing and our worst fears were realized because it showed the effect it can have on the gun handler and the victim," Commissioner Scipione said.

"3D guns do not have any of the safety standards, quality control or protection for the user that commercially-produced firearms have.

"The message goes out to anyone with the resources to purchase a 3D printer. Don't attempt to use a 3D printer to produce a weapon.

"3D printers are a sign of the technological advances we are witnessing in the world.

"They are put to many positive uses, including medical, scientific and industrial.Advances like these should be encouraged, embraced and harnessed to do good, not evil," he said.

The 3D guns are made of thermo-plastic or synthetic material which makes them undetectable in airport X-ray machines.

Topics:  guns nsw police

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