Zimbabwean man convicted of making 3D-printed gun in UK

Muswere, a Zimbabwean native, pleaded guilty at Southwark Crown Court.

Tawanda Muswere PIC: Photograph: Metropolitan police/PA
Tawanda Muswere PIC: Photograph: Metropolitan police/PA

The device was found during a drug raid in 2017 after which Muswere, 26, claimed he printed it for a university project without giving much more detail.

Muswere claimed he did not know that the components were able to make a functioning weapon. What got him was his browser history which showed he had in fact searched for how to print a working 3D gun.

Acting Detective Sergeant Jonathan Roberts:

We know that Muswere was planning to line the printed firearms with steel tubes in order to make a barrel capable of firing.

The weapons are printed in pieces through a 3-D printer, and the user then assembles the gun him or herself. The only metal on the gun is the firing pin and the bullet itself.

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