3D-printed handguns capable of firing have been found during a police raid at a home on the Sunshine Coast.
False driver licences and credit cards, allegedly created using printers and scanners, along with a knuckleduster and drugs, were also seized in the search of the Mudjimba property.
Sean Patrick Murphy, 27, appeared via video link in the Maroochydore Magistrates Court today charged with 12 offences after officers carried out the raid on Wednesday morning.
Police alleged that the three guns were made in a 3D printer over the past two months and were capable of being fired.
Methylamphetamine, MDMA capsules and scales were also found during a search of the man’s Currawong Street property.
Detective Senior Sergeant Daren Edwards said the guns had the potential to cause serious harm.
“Once you had that item developed to the extent it was when we discovered it yesterday, it was only an opportunity then to obtain a few smaller parts such as firing pins to create weapons being fully functional,” Detective Edwards said.
“And then I suggest (he could) create a market within the organised crime area.
“It’s not metal, it has the potential to go through security scanners obviously [and] it also alleviates any importation issues in relation to firearms parts.”
Detective Edwards said the matter was an unfortunate example of criminals using technology to their advantage.