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Haul of 3D-printed gun parts and bullets one of largest in UK

The components were discovered during a raid in north London as part of the Metropolitan Police anti-gun crime initiative Operation Viper.

12 October 2022

One of the UK’s largest hauls of guns and ammunition made using a 3D printer has been seized by police.

Metropolitan Police officers raided a suspected gun factory in north-west London on Friday and made two arrests.

Grey gun components in a plastic box
The haul of gun components (Metropolitan Police/PA)

They found boxes of components that investigators believe were parts of firearms that were being made to sell.

Commander Paul Brogden said: “This operation demonstrates how we continue to relentlessly target those who attempt to put lethal firearms on the streets of London.

“We found a large number of components that could be used to create weapons and believe 3D-printed firearms were being manufactured to sell.

A box of bullets
Police also found 3D-printed bullets (Metropolitan Police/PA)

“This highlights how the emerging threat of 3D firearms continues to evolve.”

The raid was carried out by officers from the Met’s anti-gun crime initiative Operation Viper.

Two men, one in his 20s and one in his 40s, were arrested on suspicion of firearms offences and have been bailed until November.

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