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INT’L – INDUSTRY INSIDER – Owning Digital Plans To 3D-Print Guns Without License To Be Made A Crime After New Bill Passed

SINGAPORE: Parliament on Tuesday (Jan 5) passed a Bill that would make owning digital blueprints of a gun or gun part without license illegal. Under the new Guns, Explosives and Weapons Control Bill, anybody who wants to manufacture a gun or a major part of a gun using a 3D printer or electronic milling machine will need a license. Without a license, the possession of a digital blueprint of such objects will be deemed an offence. “Today, a person could easily find on the Internet materials for gun making and manufacture a fully workable gun using a 3D printer and a gun blueprint taken from the Internet,” said Minister of State for Home Affairs Desmond Tan. “To be clear, the intent is not to target persons who genuinely have no knowledge and could not reasonably be expected to have known that he or she possessed the digital blueprint for making a gun. For example, a person who merely browses out of curiosity and finds on the Internet a gun blueprint and the blueprint is only temporarily stored in the browser cache.” An example of possession is when a person in Singapore “physically possesses a storage device containing such a blueprint” or when a person “stores a blueprint outside Singapore, such as in an overseas cloud storage device”, said Mr Tan. [full article]

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