Sydney Man Avoids Jail After 3D Printing Guns

Sydneysider, 28, who printed 3D weapons for sale on Facebook, was sentenced Tuesday by the New South Wales District Court. Since Sun has printed replicas of 3D guns and sold one for 1 million Australian dollars on the social network site.

Judge Penelope Wass sentenced the man to a 12-month suspended sentence after finding that it represented a low overall risk to the community and assessing it as having a low risk of re-offending. “No weapons were loaded and could not be loaded with ammunition,” she said. “They were used in fantastic RPGs.”

The judge acknowledged that Sun did not intend to sell the replica at such a high price, but asked for recognition for his work. She added, however, that the replicas “were not securely stored in the author’s house, which makes them arguably more likely to be stolen”.

Sun was stopped of 2021 and had pleaded guilty to charges including owning a digital plan for making firearms, making a gun without a license and owning an unauthorized gun.

“Looking back 20/20, I realize how stupid, stupid, stupid and naive my actions were,” he said at the hearing that he started at the beginning. of the month.

“I could not even begin to think that a hobby was attracting me in such a conflict.” Sun, who disguises himself as pop culture characters and was previously described by the lawyer as “a fan character,” said he wanted gun replicas to be used as costume accessories.

In November 2015, the Government of New South Wales changed Firearms Act, 1996 and the Arms Prohibition Act, 1998 at include offenses related to 3D printed firearms.

Owning or using a 3D printed gun was already illegal under current legislation and is treated the same way as a conventional firearm. However, under the amendment, it is now considered a crime to possess digital plans for the manufacture of firearms on 3D printers or electronic milling machines.

In the United States, last month, a judge ruled illegal to put on the Internet plans for 3D printed guns, the ABC reported, a few hours before they go online.

The decision blocked an agreement that US President Donald Trump had reached with a Texas-based company to put files online, the report said, adding that some gun rights activists say the threat of 3D printed weapons is exaggerated.

In one declaration Earlier this month, Attorney General Jeff Sessions promised to sue gun makers in 3D. “Under federal law, it is illegal to make or possess undetectable plastic firearms,” he said. “The Department of Justice will use all available tools to vigorously enforce this prohibition.

“We will not tolerate evasion, especially the violation of current laws, and we will take steps to ensure that individuals who violate the law by making plastic firearms and making them undetectable are prosecuted to the maximum.”

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