ATF, LVMPD examine southwest valley home
LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — A Las Vegas man is accused of utilizing 3D printers to fabricate untraceable weapons and machinegun conversation devices in his home, federal investigators mentioned.
Agents with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and Las Vegas Metro police arrested Clarence Meekins as a part of a monthslong investigation final week, court docket paperwork mentioned.
Meekins doesn’t have a federal firearms license. He faces expenses of participating within the business of dealing or manufacturing firearms and switch or possession of a machinegun.
On March 22, an undercover informant mentioned she or he met Meekins, who goes by the title “G,” investigators wrote in federal paperwork. The data instructed investigators that Meekins was making firearms and machinegun conversion devices with 3D printing.
Specifically, the data mentioned Meekins was making a “Glock Switch,” a conversation machine that may be hooked up to a semi-automatic pistol, making it a totally computerized machinegun, police mentioned.
The informant mentioned she or he met Meekins by means of a 3rd get together, who mentioned Meekins was constructing the devices at his home in Las Vegas. The home is in a neighborhood sound of Hacienda Avenue close to Buffalo Drive within the southwest valley.
While within the home, the data took pictures of a number of firearm elements and machinegun conversion devices made in a 3D printer, investigators mentioned.
The informant later took half in a number of undercover buys involving a 3D printed firearm and conversation machine, investigators mentioned.
In April, investigators mentioned they noticed Meekins carrying a field “with two completed 9mm caliber PMF pistols using 3D printed frames and Glock-style components,” they mentioned.
On April 28, police stopped Meekins throughout a visitors cease on the 215 Beltway close to South Rainbow Boulevard. Meekins was a passenger within the automotive.
During a search of the automotive, police mentioned they discovered one 3D printed rifle with no serial quantity and one 3D printed pistol with no serial quantity.
Police mentioned they discovered a number of different 3D-printed devices in Meekins’ home. While looking out the telephone, investigators famous two “3D printers actively” working, they mentioned.
A Nevada regulation handed final year makes it illegal to purchase or promote weapons that wouldn’t have serial numbers. There are exceptions, nevertheless, for interest weapons that can’t fireplace.
Because Meekins was in federal custody, a reserving photograph was not out there.