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3D weapons, a new scourge in Saskatchewan

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In recent years, illegal weapons produced by 3D printers have become increasingly common in Canada. The phenomenon is now very present in Saskatchewan, according to the authorities.

Saskatoon police recently arrested a 46-year-old man in connection with the manufacture of firearms produced using a 3D printer. The authorities indicated that this was the first time that the police officers of the Ville des Ponts had faced a situation involving 3D weapons.

Two weeks earlier, in Weyburn, authorities arrested a 26-year-old man for the same reasons.

The two suspects face numerous charges, including manufacturing firearms and possession for the purpose of trafficking.

Saskatoon police said they were particularly concerned about the situation because the armies seized during the arrest did not have serial numbers. This makes them impossible to find if they are used to commit a crime. The Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) raised the same concerns on the Weyburn side.

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Saskatchewan Chief Firearms Officer Robert Freberg says he was aware that more and more 3D guns are being created in the province. He attributes the rise to the ease of access to 3D printers.

Robert Freberg also points out that these weapons are often equipped with parts or materials that do not meet the requirements, which makes them dangerous for users.

In Canada, it is illegal to manufacture firearms without a manufacturing licence.

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