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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".

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3D 'printed gun' components seized by police

A plastic magazine and trigger, which could have potentially been fitted together to make a gun, were seized by police in Manchester along with the 3D printer that created them.

A plastic magazine was one of the components seized by police. Credit: Greater Manchester Police

The components are now being examined to see if they could have been fitted together to make a viable 3D gun.

The 3D printer seized by police in Manchester. Credit: Greater Manchester Police

The technology works by allowing anyone with a 3D printer - which can be bought on the high street for £1,200 - to download designs for guns or components.

A 3D trigger was also found. Credit: Greater Manchester Police

A man has been arrested on suspicion of making gunpowder and remains in custody for questioning, Greater Manchester Police said.

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