What is the actual situation of the 3D printer gun 'ghost gun' that is rapidly increasing in Canada, a safe country?

by Regina Police Service

Unlike the United States, where mass shootings are a daily occurrence, Canada often has a

reputation for being a safe country with good security and strict gun control. However, in Canada, it was reported that from around 2022, ``ghost guns'', which are difficult to track because they are self-made with 3D printers, have been caught one after another, and police authorities are becoming more concerned.

Untraceable 3D-printed 'ghost guns' on the rise in Canada | CBC News

According to the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC), Canadian police have seized 100 3D-printed guns in 2022, and in some areas, the number of firearms of this kind is increasing rapidly. For example, in Calgary, a city in western Canada, only one 3D-printed gun was seized in 2020 and 2021, while 17 were seized in 2022.

'When we started the division, we weren't in favor of putting a lot of manpower into 3D printing guns here in Calgary because we didn't want that,' said Ben Lawson, deputy sergeant at the Calgary Police Department Firearms Division. But we've seen a sudden surge in 2022, so we have no idea what 2023 will bring.'

by Ellen Mauro/CBC

3D printed guns are a type of self-made firearms called 'ghost guns' that have no serial number and cannot be tracked. In Canada, parts called '

receivers ' of guns are subject to gun control, and other parts are available at gun stores and online shops without a firearms license. In other words, if you make your own receiver part that is obligated to stamp the serial number, you can make a gun using commonly distributed parts without undergoing identification or tracking.

The CBC interviewed 20 police officers across Canada and found ghost guns seized in cities as large as Winnipeg and Saskatoon, to small towns of less than 2,000 people in Vulcan, Alberta. rice field.

Winnipeg police announced in December 2022 that they had arrested multiple people for allegedly paying a regular 3D printer vendor to make a receiver called 'blank'. Saskatoon police also seized two 3D printers and a number of gun parts in January 2021, which was the first such case for the police.

In addition, Ontario police seized 18 3D-printed guns in 2022, having only seized one so far, and a carjacking robbery using a fully functional 3D-printed gun in the York area, Ontario. has occurred. According to Deputy Sergeant Lawson, such untraceable guns are traded for CAD 2,500 (about 240,000 yen) to CAD 7,500 (about 730,000 yen).

Behind the rapid increase in 3D printed guns in Canada is the `` Liberator '', a 3D printed gun from the United States. In 2013, Cody Wilson, the author of this gun, released a design drawing of a liberator that can be made with a 3D printer on the Internet.

by Kamenev

The Liberator's blueprints became a problem and were temporarily suspended, but with the US Department of Justice's settlement with Mr. Wilson's side in 2018, it became legal to publish the blueprints of the 3D printed gun online. . Therefore, the design drawing of the liberator is shared on The Pirate Bay, GitHub, etc. even at the time of writing the article. Also, in Japan, there was an incident in which the man who created Liberator was arrested in 2014.

``We think of this as free speech. talked. Middleton said he had many contacts from Canadians, most of them praising the design of the gun.

Regulators aren't standing still in the face of the proliferation of ghost guns. Canada's Public Security Standing Committee plans to revise the gun control law and expand the definition of parts of firearms to other than receivers.

Canada's Minister of Public Safety Marco Mendicino said: 'The biggest concern I have about ghost guns is that they are cheap, quickly accessible, and are used to evade the law. The reason for using this technology is very clear.'

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