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Regina man charged with weapons manufacturing after 3D printers, guns and ammunition seized

A Regina man has been charged with multiple weapons offenses after police seized 3D printers, a gun cache, ammunition and 3D printed gun components.

Regina police and the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) were tipped off by the CBSA’s International Mail Center in Vancouver and searched a residence at 300 Block of Holland Avenue in Regina earlier this month .

Police say they found 3D printers, restricted and non-restricted firearms, firearm parts, ammunition, prohibited weapons, prohibited devices and 3D printed firearm components.

The research was part of a two-month long investigation.

One of the 3D printed weapons recovered by Regina police. (Regina Police Department)

Scott Herbert Loveday, 58, of Regina, is charged with numerous offences, including four counts of making a weapon, seven counts of possession of a prohibited or restricted weapon and two counts of possession of a weapon for the purpose of traffic it.

Loveday made his first court appearance on February 11.

A recent firearms report from the Saskatoon Police Department said untraceable handguns and firearms are a growing concern.

Police say 3D-printed weapons are a growing concern in the province. (Regina Police Department)

Saskatoon police recently arrested a 46-year-old man linked to the manufacture of 3D printed weapons.

Two weeks earlier, Weyburn Police arrested a 26-year-old man in connection with the same type of illegal activity.

Using a computer-generated model, a 3D printer can create firearm parts by laying down thin slices of material – such as plastics, metals, or ceramics – and building the object layer by layer.

In Canada, it is illegal to manufacture firearms without having the appropriate firearms manufacturing licence. The bottom assembly of a firearm is considered a firearm and those without a license are not legally allowed to manufacture them.