3D printed firearms seized by Mississauga OPP in stunt driving stop
Published February 15, 2023 at 4:30 pm
Mississauga OPP found 3D-printed firearms in a traffic stop.
The 3D-printed firearms were seized after a driver was stopped on Highway 403 by Mississauga OPP, police said in a tweet this morning (Feb. 15).
The driver was stopped for alleged stunt driving, police said.
An 18-year-old teen from Bolton faces weapons and driving charges, OPP added.
OPP did not immediately respond to a request for more information on the incident.
These type of 3D-printed firearms also known as “ghost guns” are on the rise in Canada. Police in Canada seized more than 100 3D-printed guns in 2022, according to a report from the CBC.
The firearms are untraceable because the printed part of the gun is the receiver, which is regulated in Canada. Other parts can be purchased at gun stores and online without a firearms licence.
Ghost guns don’t appear to be as big a threat in the Toronto area as in other parts of Canada. Toronto Police Services told CBC that cross-border importation and trafficking of firearms are a bigger issue.
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3D printed firearms seized after a driver was stopped for #StuntDriving by #MississaugaOPP on #Hwy403. 18-year-old from Bolton facing weapons and driving charges. #CommunitySafety pic.twitter.com/qO94tUhxtu
— OPP Highway Safety Division (@OPP_HSD) February 15, 2023