Fear of downloadable guns becoming a reality – ZDNet

Texas-based Solid Concepts’ 3D-printed gun.

Law enforcement agencies, and more importantly politicians, have been fearing the downloadable gun. Anyone could download plans from the internet, and use a cheap 3D printer to print a firearm. Additive manufacturing, to use its formal name, would democratise the manufacture of smallarms.

Those fears are turning into reality.

The 3D design files for guns are readily available. But the threat isn’t from the cheap 3D printers, though, because they can only produce low-quality weapons, usually in plastic. It’s from the more accurate computer-controlled milling machines, the prices of which have plummeted in recent years. They produce high-quality parts in metal.

And it’s not individual criminals we should worry about, it’s the organised gangs.

These observations emerged during a discussion of the potential threat from 3D-printed guns at the 5th International Conference on Cybercrime and Computer Forensics on Australia’s Gold Coast on Tuesday.

A conference delegate identifying himself as being from South Australia Police said easy access to the digital design files for guns is the issue for them, not the availability of the technology used to manufacture the guns themselves.

“We’ve seen more manufacturing through acquired stuff off the internet in metal than in plastic. And the relative affordability now of lathes, anyone can really do that,” he said.

“Silencers are made abundantly in metal from digitally downloaded plans.”

Another delegate, identifying herself as from the Victoria Police, said her understanding of the current fear wasn’t that “bikies and drug traffickers and the like” would buy their own cheap 3D printers and use them themselves.

“What they’re going to do is stand over people who have a mid-sized commercial operation that utilises additive manufacturing. If they go in there with their own guns, their real guns, and say ‘here’s our 3D gun

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Iowa county lets employees carry guns in parts of courthouse – DesMoinesRegister.com

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SIOUX CITY, Ia. — Officials in a western Iowa county will now allow employees to carry concealed guns to work in the local courthouse and two other county buildings.

The move comes as the Woodbury County Board of Supervisors tries to abide by a new state law that expands gun rights while also complying with an Iowa Supreme Court order limiting guns in court-controlled areas, the Sioux City Journal reported.

Guns must be concealed and won’t be allowed in courtrooms and a few other areas. Employees can’t leave guns unattended and must keep them on their person at all times, said Supervisor Jeremy Taylor. Guns will also be allowed in Woodbury County Law Enforcement Center and the Trosper Hoyt Building.

Supervisor Rocky De Witt said allowing employees to openly carry guns would send the wrong message to courthouse patrons.

“I think concealed carry is the only method,” De Witt said.

Jackie Smith, a former county supervisor who left office last year, said she believes courthouse employees don’t want guns in their workplace.

“I cannot imagine what this is doing to your employee morale,” Smith said.

The state Supreme Court issued an order in June that only law enforcement can have weapons in courthouses and court-controlled areas.

Sheriff Dave Drew said he wants to continue enforcing the courthouse’s security program, which seeks to keep weapons out. But he said the state Supreme Court order includes enough gray area that he won’t stop the board’s move to allow guns.

The board rescinded a ban on weapons on county property in June,

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Woodbury County, Iowa, employees can now carry guns in the courthouse – Omaha World-Herald

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) — Officials in a western Iowa county will now allow employees to carry concealed guns to work in the local courthouse and two other county buildings.

The move comes as the Woodbury County Board tries to abide by a new state law that expands gun rights while also complying with an Iowa Supreme Court order limiting guns in court-controlled areas, the Sioux City Journal reported.

Guns must be concealed and won’t be allowed in courtrooms and a few other areas. Employees can’t leave guns unattended and must keep them on their person at all times, said board member Jeremy Taylor. Guns will also be allowed in Woodbury County Law Enforcement Center and the Trosper Hoyt Building.

County Board member Rocky De Witt said allowing employees to openly carry guns would send the wrong message to courthouse patrons.

“I think concealed carry is the only method,” De Witt said.

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Men ram car into pawn shop searching for guns, police say – AJC.com – Atlanta Journal Constitution

HENRY COUNTY, Ga.

Four men are still on the run after they rammed their car into a Henry County pawn shop last Thursday.

Video from Henry County police showed four men crashing their BMW through the front of the store when one jumped out the car before the three others came running into the store.

Curtis Fowler, one of the pawn shop workers, could not believe it.

“I thought they were stupid,” Fowler said.

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“It is possible they have done this before because of the way they acted,” said Henry County Police Maj. Mike Ireland. “It looked like they used some kind of precision once they granted entry to the business.”

Police say they believe the men were looking for guns. After their grand entrance, however, Fowler says things went downhill.

“They looked in cases, looked in the empty gun boxes, shook them and saw they were empty,” he said.

Pawn shop workers say they hide their guns away every night, forcing the four men to pull out of the store empty handed.

“I think the alarm scared them off and they ran off,” Fowler said.

The men’s “grand entrance” into the pawnshop left damage to clean up. The men shattered glass everywhere, and the side mirrors from the car were broken off.

“I was getting shards of glass in my finger and stuff like that, anywhere I moved,” Fowler said.

Despite the damage, the shop managed to reopen the next day, but there are still painful reminders of what happened.

Moving forward, the shop plans to put in a guardrail to prevent incidents like this one from happening again.

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Laser pointer, ammunition lands Suisun City man in jail – TheReporter.Com

An incident with a laser pointer Tuesday led Suisun City police to a local man with ammo in his vehicle, a violation of the terms of his probation.

Just after 8:30 a.m., a citizen reported a man pointing a laser pointer at passersby in the area of Potrero Circle and Lawler Ranch Parkway, police said.

A witness told police that what appeared to be a firearm could be attached to the laser.

Officers soon pulled over a van belonging to the suspect, police said, who was identified as Jose Padilla, 30, of Suisun City.

A search of the vehicle turned up ammunition, which turned out to be a violation of a Firearms Emergency Protective Order issued July 13 banning Padilla from possessing firearms or ammunition.

It was issued in connection to his July 10 arrest on suspicion of discharging a firearm in a reckless manner.

Padilla was arrested Tuesday and later booked into Solano County Jail on suspicion of violating the firearms emergency protective order and pointing a laser pointer with the intent to cause a person to fear harm.

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