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Canada Border Services Agency investigation leads to seizure of 3D printed firearms

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The Canada Border Services Agency CBSA is committed to protecting Canadians by keeping prohibited firearms out of our communities

By preventing prohibited firearms from entering our communities, the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) is dedicated to ensuring the safety of Canadians.

In 2022, CBSA Pacific District Criminal Examiners opened an examination concerning a shipper in the wake of being educated regarding different shipments containing parts expected in the assembling of 3D printed guns. The shipments were recognized at the Vancouver Worldwide Mail Community in English Columbia and the Toronto Global Mail Handling Center in Ontario. This file is connected to a national investigation into a Montréal supplier conducted by the Sûreté du Québec.

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On June 20, 2023, CBSA Pacific Locale Criminal Examiners, helped by the RCMP Coordinated Crisis Reaction Group, executed a court order on a home in Langley, BC. As evidence, a number of items were seized, including:

  • three 3D printed firearms;
  • one 3D printer and filament;
  • two suppressors;
  • one overcapacity magazine; and
  • various ammunition.

The resident was taken into custody on June 21, 2023, on suspicion of violating both Section 99(1) of the Criminal Code and Section 155 of the Customs Act. The individual has been released pending the CBSA’s subsequent investigation.

This court order was one of 46 executed as a feature of a public activity to battle 3D printed firearms. The CBSA’s Pacific Locale is pleased to have worked with policing the nation over as a component of the Sûreté du Québec drove examination concerning the importation and dispersion of parts used to make 3D printed guns.

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