By Steve Large

SACRAMENTO (CBS13) —It was an alarming discovery for Sacramento County Probation Department officers. A man on probation for illegally possessing weapons, caught with a 3D printed gun inside his home.

The Sacramento County Probation Department released a photo of the 3D printed plastic gun allegedly discovered inside the livingroom George Vang. Vang is on probation for illegally possessing firearms.

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(source: Sacramento County Probation Department)

As threatening as it looks, Vang’s 3D printed gun is not functional. The probation department reports Vang told officers he gave up finishing it because he said it became too difficult.

For people who live near Vang, it is still concerning.

“It looks very very very very serious,” said Pattee Bluford.

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Bluford lives in the same Sacramento street where Vang allegedly printed the 3D weapon.

“It just scares me because I sit out here in my garage to relax, and to know someone is around here making guns and can hurt these babies around here playing is shocking,” Bluford said.

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George Vang, 24. (source: Sacramento County Probation Department)

The Sacramento County Probation Department issued a statement reading, “The ability for a criminal or gang member to easily access and create a fully functioning firearm is alarming. These 3D weapons, known as ‘Ghost guns,’ are untraceable, potentially lethal, and available to anyone without a license.”

Some 3D printed gun laws are emerging, and federal law bans guns that can’t be discovered by metal detectors, but the current language does not strictly cover plastic 3D printed gun technology.

Additionally, a legal battle over posting blueprints for plastic weapons is making its way through federal courts.

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“I’m really in shock that it’s in this neighborhood,” Bluford said.

Now this Sacramento County Probation Department discovery is raising concerns in Sacramento.

A spokesperson for the Sacramento County Probation Department said they arrested Vang on a probation violation because they found drugs on him. Officers say they could not arrest him for possessing the 3D gun because it was not functional.

 

Comments (4)
  1. This incident is just another reminder of how frighteningly easy it is for people to get their hands on incomplete, nonfunctional firearm pieces without any oversight. Had he thrown the partially complete 3D printed gun at someone with sufficient force he might have caused serious injury.

  2. Nathaniel Sloan says:

    Lol. He was trying to make a M10, aka MAC10. That should would have hammered itself to pieces in 10 rounds… People have been making guns legally at home before 3D printers. This whole 3D printed guns thing is a ruse. You’re better off purchasing an 80% lower and jig and completing it on a drill press. Much more affordable and you can actually make a functioning, reliable firearm. A felon can do the same. Just goes to prove that even if you outlaw guns, felons will still be able to obtain them. If they wanted a piece of sheet metal could turn it into a machine gun…

  3. You should be applauding this man for attempting to increase his skills. With any luck he’ll get proficient in 3d printing and may be useful for society, even (trigger warning) as a modern gun smith. Bravo young man! Keep building!

  4. Scott Tuttle says:

    thats not a real gun, even when completed it’d be no more dangerous than a toy gun.

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