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Tendai Muswere: Student first to be convicted of making 3D-printed gun | UK News

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A university student has become the first person in the UK to be convicted of making a viable gun with a 3D printer.

Tendai Muswere, 26, pleaded guilty to a charge of manufacturing a 3D-printed firearm in court on Wednesday.

Police discovered the weapon’s components during what was originally a drugs raid at his flat in Pimlico, central London, in October 2017.

He explained to officers that he was printing the weapon for a university film project, but refused to give more details.

Muswere said the gun was part of a 'dystopian' film project for university
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Muswere said the gun was part of a ‘dystopian’ film project for university

Muswere, a Zimbabwean national, did not have a gun licence, and alleged to officers that he wasn’t aware that the printed components were able to make a functioning weapon.

But a search through his browser history later revealed that Muswere had watched videos that showed him how to print a working gun.

Further printed components were found during another raid just four months later in February 2018.

Muswere is the first person to be convicted in the UK for 3D printing a gun
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Muswere is the first person to be convicted in the UK for 3D printing a gun

Acting Detective Sergeant Jonathan Roberts said: “We know that Muswere was planning to line the printed firearms with steel tubes in order to make a barrel capable of firing.

“This conviction, which I believe is the first of its kind relating to the use of a 3D printer to produce a firearm, has prevented a viable gun from getting into the hand of criminals.”

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