Perth teenager accused of building assault rifle using 3D printer


Police have accused a Perth teenager of making a semi-automatic assault rifle using a 3D printer.

Police say the semi-automatic assault rifle was made inside the 18-year-old’s Bayswater home.

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Discovered by detectives from the Drugs and Firearms Squad on June 3, the 4kg pistol can fire 15 deadly 9mm rounds with a single pull of the trigger.

Constructed from plastic and other materials, the gun reportedly took just two days to manufacture and cost around $40.

According to police, when they seized the weapon from the Slade Street residence, they also found a 3D printer, five gel blasters, a silencer and ammunition.

The young man, who does not hold a firearms licence, was charged with several offenses including the manufacture without a license of firearms or ammunition and the possession of a prohibited weapon.

Detective Senior Sergeant Blair Smith said the discovery of the assault rifle was “deeply concerning”.

“Although it looks like a toy, it has the ability to cause serious harm within our community,” he told reporters on Monday.

“It is deeply concerning that this man was able to make this gun at home with a 3D printer and readily available materials.

“These types of firearms are unregulated, unlicensed and have no place in our community,” said Sergeant Smith.

The homemade weapon is the same caliber as those used by WA Police.

The teenager will appear in Perth Magistrates Court on June 22.

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