Firearms: 3D Printing

Home Office written question – answered at on 19 January 2023.

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Photo of Luke Pollard Luke Pollard Shadow Minister (Defence)

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether she plans to take steps to help tackle the production of 3D-printed guns.

Photo of Chris Philp Chris Philp The Minister of State, Home Department

The Government is committed to tackling the threat posed by 3D printed firearms. The UK has some of the toughest firearms controls in the world. To protect public safety, we keep these controls under constant review to ensure that they are fit for purpose to safeguard against abuse by criminals and terrorists.

3D printed firearms fall within the scope of the Firearms Act 1968 and are subject to the same controls and licensing requirements as any other firearm.

We are working closely with law enforcement, which includes the National Crime Agency, as part of Project Interknow which is the multi-agency response to the threat posed by 3D printed firearms.

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