Files for 3D printed guns banned in NSW, carry maximum 14-year penalty

Laws were passed in NSW last week outlawing the possession of plans to 3D print a firearm.

3Ders reports that the Firearms and Weapons Prohibition Legislation Amendment Bill 2015 might “have created a powerful precedent”, and makes it illegal to own a blueprint for a gun on a 3D printer or milling machine.

Owning a 3D printed gun had previously been illegal, notes Computerworld, though this amendment to the Weapons Prohibition Act 1998 goes further, with a maximum 14-year penalty for owning blueprints to create one.

These are defined as “any type of digital (or electronic) reproduction of a technical drawing of the design of an object”.

A spokeswoman for NSW’s justice and police minister Tony Grant told the Huffington Post that the bill made the state the first "to specifically outlaw the possession of digital blue prints for the manufacture of firearms on 3D printers".