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Prison for ‘Dr Death’

‘Dr Death’, as he styled himself online, had a thriving business in the US selling 3D-printed gun parts.

No longer.

Daniel Crowninshield – his real name – from Sacramento, California, has just been sentenced to 41 months in prison for illegally manufacturing a firearm, and dealing in firearms. He used 3D printing and a CNC mill to manufacture unfinished lower receivers for AR-15 rifles; the receiver is the part of the rifle holding the hammer, bolt and firing mechanism.

Crowninshield thought he’d found a loophole in the law, whereby he would get the purchaser to press a button or put his or her hands on a piece of machinery, so that the purchaser could claim that he, rather than the machinist, made the firearm’s part.

In California it’s perfectly legal for an individual to manufacturer a firearm for personal use.

But it’s illegal for this firearm to then be sold or passed on to a third party without proper licensing.

Clever – but not clever enough to escape jail.

Picture source: Vvzvlad