“Expect mass adoption by law enforcement agencies”

Steve Watson
March 5, 2014

The British government and the Metropolitan Police have supplied funding for a crowd scanning device that searches for 3D Printed guns.

Boffins at Manchester Metropolitan University with financial aid from the UK’s Home Office and the MET police, recently unveiled the technology, which operates by scanning people with radio waves in crowded public places.

The radar waves are reflected back off any solid objects which are then analysed by a computer using artificial intelligence algorithms, in order to determine what the object likely is.

If a potential concealed weapon, including a 3D printed device, is detected, an alarm sounds, alerting the relevant authorities that they could have a dangerous ‘unmutual’ person on their hands.

“It’s really a combination of a radar system and an AI-based computer system,” MMU’s lead researcher Nick Bowring explained.

Reports suggest that the device can detect 3D printed weapons up to 25 meters away, and alert security overlords within one second.

Current scanners in use at airports and government buildings do not have the capability to detect non metallic weapons.

“It would have been unthinkable to make it just five years ago because the computing power and hardware were just not there.” researcher Bowring added.

The researchers are attempting to entice police and other security agencies to get on board with the technology. “[We] expect mass adoption by law enforcement agencies, [and] think there is real demand for this. It will be an additional but very important sensor that they will be adding into their armory,” said Bowring.

Since the first 3D printed gun was unveiled by Defense Distributed, an Austin-based nonprofit digital publisher, lawmakers and law enforcement representatives have attempted to find ways of shutting down the concept.

Bemoaning the fact that anyone could potentially get their hands on a weapon, legislation introduced in various states and cities has targeted 3D printed guns. The federal government has also consistently targeted Defense Distributed, ordering them to cease their activities and remove the files for the printable gun from their website.

The group’s founder, Cody Wilson, has largely complied with the orders. However, his files have already gone viral and spread throughout the internet on sites such as Pirate Bay, meaning they have been downloaded hundreds of thousands of times.

Constitutional experts have stated that although banning the actual manufacture, sale, and possession of plastic weapons is feasible, restricting the schematics of the printable weapons is a violation of the First Amendment.

More and more 3D printed weapons have since been developed, and they are also becoming more sophisticated. Enthusiasts are also finding ways to produce 3D printed weapons at much lower costs.


Steve Watson is the London based writer and editor for Alex Jones’ Infowars.com, and Prisonplanet.com. He has a Masters Degree in International Relations from the School of Politics at The University of Nottingham, and a Bachelor Of Arts Degree in Literature and Creative Writing from Nottingham Trent University.

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