THE USE OF 3D-PRINTED GUNS BY EXTREMISTS AND TERRORISTS

On 26 June, an article from Homeland Security Today says that D-printed guns have gained traction among the far-right — accounting for all but one case — with examples appearing in 5 countries.  Since 2019, there have been at least 9 examples of extremists, terrorists, or paramilitaries making, or attempting to make, 3D-printed guns in Europe and Australia.  It refers to a report from the Global Network on Technology and Extremism published on 23 June.  The report says that analysis of recent cases reveals 4 insights – 3D-printed guns have gained traction among the far-right; many of the cases also involve attempts to make explosives, meaning that 3D-printed guns have supplemented—and not replaced—existing threats; 3D printing is not a shortcut to acquiring a gun, as the process still involves considerable time and effort. It remains to be seen whether their arrival has shortened the attack planning process; and at least one extremist had joined the leading 3D printing gun forum, using it to obtain guidance on his firearms and explosives, seemingly unbeknown to its moderators.

https://www.hstoday.us/subject-matter-areas/counterterrorism/the-future-is-now-the-use-of-3d-printed-guns-by-extremists-and-terrorists/

https://gnet-research.org/2022/06/23/the-future-is-now-the-use-of-3d-printed-guns-by-extremists-and-terrorists/

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Author: raytodd2017

Chartered Legal Executive and former senior manager with Isle of Man Customs and Excise, where I was (amongst other things) Sanctions Officer (for UN/EU sanctions), Export Licensing Officer and Manager of the Legal-Library & Collectorate Support Section

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