Bankstown man charged for allegedly 3D printing guns

A Sydney man is behind bars after police uncovered a major stash of firearms and ammunition believed to have been created with a 3D-printer.

A man has been charged with having unregistered firearms after a series of police raids uncovered 3D printers allegedly used to mass produce them.

Police descended on a Cambridge Ave home at Bankstown in Sydney’s southwest at about 10am on Thursday and served a firearms prohibition order on a 45-year-old man as he left his home.

Moments later they allegedly found a half-finished semiautomatic firearm, three 3D printers, spools of 3D printer wire and ammunition.

Officers also allegedly found more than 200 rounds of live ammunition and a black Ruger .22 caliber rifle with a scope.

Books and computers believed to contain instructions for firearms manufacture, plastic firearm parts, a Glock-style gel blaster, an M16 semiautomatic gel blaster, a replica revolver, cannabis and a large quantity of fireworks were also allegedly found and seized.

In the garage of the home officers allegedly found a bag containing a pistol and ammunition.

Officers were then led to a factory on Canterbury Rd at Punchbowl where they allegedly found and seized a 3D-printed semiautomatic rifle, boxes of ammunition, 11 unfinished firearm barrels, and firearm parts, including silencers and scopes.

They also allegedly found lathes, hydraulic presses and other tools used in the manufacture of 3D-printed firearms.

The investigation was led by Strike Force Temarang, which was established in September last year to investigate the importation and manufacture of 3D-printed firearms into NSW.

Investigations involved the Department of Home Affairs, AUSTRAC and the Australian Federal Police.

The 45-year-old man was charged with three counts of possess unauthorized pistol, two counts possess ammunition without holding licence/permit/authority, two counts intentionally import prohibited tier-2 goods, possess unauthorized firearm, possess prohibited drug, possess unregistered firearm – not pistol/prohibited firearm, and manufacture prohibited firearm without licence/permit.

The man was refused bail at Bankstown Local Court on Friday and is due to appear at the same court on April 21.

Investigations under Strike Force Temarang are continuing.

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