UK Home Office: 3D-Printed Guns are (Generally) Illegal

The LiberatorThe UK Home Office has added language to its firearms rules, making clear that it’s generally illegal to make, own, or sell 3D-printed guns. A revised version of its licensing policies says that guns like the Liberator, designed by Defense Distributed and released to the world in May, are covered under and forbidden by the Firearms Act 1968 — manufacturing 3D-printed guns or parts is effectively already banned because of rules against manufacturing guns or gun parts except under certain exemptions, but the guidance now includes explicit text to that effect. “3D printed weapons are potentially lethal barreled weapons and must be viewed as such in law,” it reads. “The method of manufacture is not material to this consideration.” In a section of frequently asked questions, regulators say they’re still working through the wider implications.

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