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RCMP Alberta Law Enforcement Response Team discusses 3D-printed firearms

September 4, 2020

Criminals are getting their hands on illegal guns by building them using 3D-printing technology. The Alberta Law Enforcement Response Team, alongside the RCMP, made their first arrest involving this technology Thursday. 53-year old Dan Forsyth of Picture Butte was arrested on multiple charges in relation to building and potential trafficking of these guns. RCMP’s National Weapons Enforcement Support Team says that it's getting easier for criminals to curate their own weapons, and they are nearly impossible to trace.

"It's a concern to public safety which is why we are focused on training and focused on investigating, prosecuting these offences," says Sgt. Scott Stafford "I think what's important for people to understand is that, although it may be very easy to find a data file online, and you may think it's fun to try it out and print...even a component, that in itself is a criminal offence," adds Stafford.