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Las Vegas man accused of making ‘ghost guns’ with 3D printers

A Las Vegas man accused of making more than a dozen “ghost guns” using an array of 3D printers pleaded not guilty in federal court on Friday.

Clarence Meekins, 36, was charged with seven counts: manufacturing firearms without a license, two counts of unlawful possession of a submachine gun and four counts of possession of a firearm by a felon.

According to a criminal complaint filed earlier in the case, Meekins sold a pistol that had been 3D printed to a federal informant, along with a machine gun conversion device designed to convert a Glock pistol into a machine gun. The device was analyzed by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

Privately manufactured firearms without a serial number are commonly referred to as “ghost guns”. Federal agents say the lack of serial numbers makes ghost guns difficult, if not impossible, to trace.

According to the complaint, a search of a house on Narnia Street in Las Vegas that Meekins used revealed three 3D printers and 13 gun frames that had been 3D printed.

The gun frames did not have serial numbers, according to the complaint.

Also confiscated during the search were a .38 Special revolver, a shotgun and various magazines of ammunition, the complaint states.

Court records indicate that Meekins had a felony conviction in New York for drug-related crimes and for brandishing a firearm during a violent crime. These convictions render him incapable of legally possessing firearms.

Meekins is free of his own commitment. His trial has been set for October 17 before U.S. District Judge Andrew Gordon.

Contact Glen A. Meek at [email protected] or 602-380-8951.