Police: '3D printed guns' the next generation of firearms

Guns created by 3D printers "could be the next generation of firearms" in the UK, Greater Manchester Police said.

Components needed to create a gun were seized. Credit: Greater Manchester Police

Detective Inspector Chris Mossop said: "These could be the next generation of firearms and a lot more work needs to be done to understand the technology and the scale of the problem.

"If what we have seized today can, as we suspect, be used to make a genuine firearm then today will be an important milestone in the fight against this next generation of homemade weapons.

"I would strongly urge anyone who has information about the whereabouts of a gun in their community to call us."

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Owner: '3D gun' are printer parts

The man arrested after police claim they had seized component parts for a 3D printed gun has insisted they are actually parts of a printer. The suspect said the arrest could "kill" his business and said the officers "have gone over the top".