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The University student, Tendai Muswere (25) who is accused of making weapons with a 3D printer, was allegedly caught with two computer-generated weapons when police officers searched his flat over a separate matter. Police found components of a 3D printed gun capable of firing a lethal shot during a search of Tendai Muswere’s home in Pimlico South West London .
Tendai Muswere, 25,appeared at West-minster magistrates’ court yesterday and claimed he was doing a university project after being raided twice in October 2017 and February 2018.
Muswere has become the first person in the UK to be convicted for using a 3D printer to manufacture a gun after, at Southwark crown court on Wednesday charged with manufacturing a 3D printed gun
Muswere faced two charges of allegedly possessing prohibited weapons made from resin, and cited as less than 60cm in length with up to 30cm-long barrels.
Muswere did not enter pleas and was bailed to appear at Southwark crown court next month.
Police fear 3D guns could become the weapon of choice for criminals as they are not registered and have no serial numbers.
The world’s first gun made with the gadget was successfully fired in the US in 2013.
Experts believe they could also explode when fired due to their instability.
Blueprints for anyone to make their own 3D-printed gun have been shared online.
In October 2017, British Police initially gained access to Muswere’s home in Pimlico, South London, using a drug warrant, but found components of a 3D printed gun capable of firing a lethal shot during the search.
During a second search of his property, in February 2018, police found further components of a 3D printed gun.
The Metropolitan police said there was not widespread concern about the printing of guns in London. While plans for guns can be created or downloaded online, not all parts can be printed off – in other words, a gun cannot be manufactured by simply downloading plans online and using a 3D printer.
Problems arise around tracing 3D-printed guns and although possession of such weapons is illegal in the US and the UK, enforcing the law is difficult because it is not necessarily known who is making them. The ease with which they can be produced and used is also of concern to authorities.
Acting DS Jonathan Roberts, who led the investigation, said: “Muswere claimed that he was printing the firearms for a ‘dystopian’ university film project but he has not explained why he included the component parts necessary to make a lethal barrelled weapon. We know that Muswere was planning to line the printed firearms with steel tubes in order to make a barrel capable of firing.
“This conviction, which I believe is the first of its kind relating to the use of a 3D printer to produce a firearm, has prevented a viable gun from getting into the hand of criminals and is an excellent example of great partnership working between detectives, neighbourhood police and our forensic colleagues.”
During the search of Muswere’s home, cannabis plants and evidence of cannabis cultivation were found. source Metro / guardian
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