A US man has admitted he broke the law when he used 3D printers to create components that convert semi-automatic weapons into fully automatic weapons.
Kent Edward Newhouse, 41, a convicted felon from Jacksonville, Mississippi, pleaded guilty [PDF] two counts of a felon in possession of a firearm and one count of a business as a manufacturer of firearms. He had made and sold car burnswhich allows legal semi-automatic weapons to be upgraded to illegal full-automatic ones.
Newhouse now faces up to 15 years in prison and a $250,000 fine for being a felon in possession of a firearm, and up to 10 years and $250,000 for illegally building and selling guns calculate.
According to court records [PDF]a whistleblower informed the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) in April that Newhouse was attempting to 3D print and manufacture automatic Sears for Glock pistols.
Just months later, in July, Newhouse told the ATF whistleblower that he had manufactured several automatic triggers designed for AR-style pistols and rifles and that he intended to sell the devices. And to prove it, according to the criminal complaint, the convicted felon sent four videos showing him firing two different fully automatic machine guns.
At this point, the Feds stepped in to set up a covert operation. On July 8, the confidential source met with Newhouse and recorded him talking about the Auto-Sears he was planning to sell. We’re told the whistleblower also “personally observed” a fully automatic AR pistol, four drop-in auto-sears for AR weapons, and two pistols.
A few days later, a meeting was arranged at Newhouse’s house to buy four cars for $400.
“During this purchase, Newhouse sold the confidential source an AR-style handgun with an attached automatic trigger and two additional automatic triggers for a total cost of $1,800,” the court documents said. “These items were then seized by the ATF.”
Now arrested and charged, Newhouse will be sentenced on December 2nd.
“The use of 3D printers to illicitly manufacture firearms and to manufacture devices to convert semi-automatic firearms into machine guns poses a real and current threat to our communities,” ATF Special Agent in Charge Kurt Thielhorn said in a expression today.
On August 24 of this year, a ATF rule Aiming at these kinds of homemade weapons had an effect. It aims to crack down on “ghost guns” – firearms that are assembled from kits or manufacturers using 3D printers, do not carry serial numbers and are sold without a background check, making them difficult for law enforcement to track down and easily accessible to criminals.
US Law Enforcement recovered According to the White House, around 20,000 ghost weapons last year alone. Not surprisingly, 3D printed guns, like all sorts of illicit products, are also being bought and sold on dark web marketplaces.
“As 3D printing becomes more widespread and advanced, we expect these weapons to increase in number and sophistication,” said Cybersixgill security researcher Adi Bleih written down. “And the built-in anonymity of the dark web gives anyone the perfect place to acquire a spirit weapon or get the information needed to build one.” ®
https://www.theregister.com/2022/09/02/3d_printing_guns/ Mississippi criminal admits to illegally 3D printing gun parts • The Register