Police in Canada seized more than 100 3D-printed guns last year, with some jurisdictions seeing big increases in this type of weapon and even busting manufacturing rings for the first time. 3D-printed guns fall into a category of homemade firearms referred to as “Ghost guns,” in part because they are untraceable. They have no serial number, because the printed part of the gun is the receiver, the part of the weapon that is regulated in Canada. “When I look at our statistics, it looks like there’s a flood of 3D guns entering into the city to make up for the gun shortage that we have in the city right now,” said Insp. There are concerns in Canada’s biggest city about other types of untraceable ghost guns. “While we haven’t seen a rise in 3D guns in particular in Toronto, TPS is increasingly seizing guns that are privately manufactured without serial numbers,” the statement said. In an interview with CBC News, Public Safety Minister Marco Mendicino said, “My biggest concern around ghost guns is that it is fast, it’s cheap, it’s accessible and its purpose is to evade the law. And so it’s very obvious why it is that organized crime uses this technology.”

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