The National Ballistics Intelligence Service (NABIS) is working closely with Greater Manchester Police to assess items recovered in an operation carried out by GMP in which a 3D printer was recovered.
NABIS has expertise in dealing with 3D printed firearms and has tested the weapons identifying they are extremely dangerous each one has suffered catastrophic failure during testing. There is concern that hobbyists and enthusiasts who might seek to produce them are at serious risk of harm.
It is an offence to possess, produce, or manufacture any firearm including 3D printed firearms in the UK and possession of any illegal firearm in the UK carries a substantial custodial sentence which can include a mandatory minimum 5 year sentence.
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