People are 3D-printing firearms and sending them by mail to Toronto and Vancouver. The “ghost guns” were intercepted by Canada Border Services Agency.
International deliveries had the 3D-printed guns inside them and they made it to mail centres, including some in the most populous cities in Canada like Vancouver and Toronto.
According to the Canada Border Services Agency, officers had a search warrant in West Kelowna, British Columbia. They had reason to believe that firearms parts were being smuggled because they had previously discovered a 3D printing machine in the process of producing a handgun frame. When officers executed the search warrant, they found and seized six completed handgun frames and none of them had serial numbers.
The lack of serial numbers makes the weapons difficult to trace, which led to the title “ghost guns.” Paired with the fact that they are easy to make and can cause major damage to a person, makes the 3D-printed contraptions a “serious risk,” according to Public Safety Minister Marco Mendicino.
The next day, the Canada Border Services Agency searched a Lumby, British Columbia property and seized a loaded 9-millimetre handgun that had no serial number. Additionally, were nine long guns, a stun gun, four canisters of ammunition, and a prohibited knife.
During the raids, two men were arrested but then released. An investigation is upcoming. They could up to five years in prison plus a $500,000 fine if they’re found guilty of smuggling firearms into Canada.