MADRID ($1=0.97 Euros) — Agents of the Spanish National Police found a nearly finished 3D-made AR9 submachine gun. The homemade printed weapon was discovered during an operation in the province of La Coruña. The action was for illegal possession of a weapon. Several raids and searches were made for the illegal production of weapons.
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During one of the searches, the 3D printed submachine gun was found. It was almost finished. The main parts of the AP9 were already made using PETG fibers. The frame and slide of the weapon were also made. The 3D printer was prepared to print the remaining parts. In addition to the weapon, the special cops found a large number of rolls of PETG fiber, suggesting that the AR9 found would not be the only printed submachine gun.
Spanish agents found three 3D printing machines, computers, plans, and blueprints of other weapons. “In this way, according to the investigators, the arrested person was finishing the production of an AR9 submachine gun, the purpose of which was terminated due to the rapid police action,” emphasized the National Police.
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The investigation began at the beginning of this year when agents specializing in cyber patrols intercepted an international channel made up of users from different countries – whose language was mainly Spanish – who were exchanging information related to the production of this type of weapons.
Following the relevant police investigations, the various members of the group were located mainly in Spain and Latin America, and one of the most active members of the group was found to be a Spanish citizen residing in Galicia. This was suggested to give advice and provide documentation on crafting weapons in 3D.
After various steps, the agents located its exact location and found that its difficult location facilitated the illegal activity of the detainee without fear of detection. Last Friday, two break-ins and searches were carried out, during which the presence of an entire workshop located in the house under investigation was found. This activity was carried out at his usual place of work, taking advantage of his technical knowledge in the production of metal parts necessary for the complete assembly of the weapons he produced.
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