In Sweden, cases of printing weapons parts on 3D printers at home have become more frequent
Concern is growing in Sweden about 3D printed gun parts.
Law enforcement officers in Sweden are increasingly identifying weapons, some of the details of which were printed at home on 3D printers.
This is reported by the Swedish agency TT with reference to the police.
It is noted that in the first months of 2023, the Swedish police seized more firearms with printed components in the country than in all of 2022.
So far, the quality is often significantly worse than professionally made weapons. But as printers become cheaper, plastics become stronger, and designs become more sophisticated, 3D weapons are becoming an increasingly attractive option for criminals.
“Usually the weapon consists of 3D-printed plastic elements and a few central metal components, from which a fully functional firearm is assembled,” said Isabel Thoren, a spokesman for the National Firearms Center in the Swedish police.
The National Center for Terrorism Threat Assessment in a recent report noted an increase in interest in such weapons in extremist groups and an increasing risk that they could be used for terrorist attacks.
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