The American received 8 years in prison for a rifle printed on a 3D printer

The Texas Federal District Court sent Eric 42-year-old Eric McGinnis to jail for eight years because unregistered rifle and ammunition were found with him. McGinnis could not and did not want to register them, because he deliberately cheated the law, creating a dangerous precedent. He himself does not consider himself guilty, because "he did not buy the forbidden, but printed it himself."

In 2015, after a fierce quarrel with a girl, McGinnis got a punishment, which included a ban on possession of firearms for two years. This is a serious test for a resident of the most armed US state, but all attempts to buy not even weapons, but details to secretly assemble a rifle, failed. McGinnis realized that while his name is in the database, this path is closed to him. And then he bought a 3D printer and took up the study of printed weapons schemes.

Using both printed parts and machined oneself, McGinnis assembled a rifle structurally similar to the AR-15. The cartridges remained from a previous life and at the end of 2017, he went to the forest to try out his product. To the trouble of the craftsman, the shots attracted the attention of the police, who arrested the shooter and confiscated his homemade product. McGinnis was let down by his ardor - he had only a month left until the end of the ban.

Theoretically, an experienced lawyer could confuse the matter by taking advantage of a loophole in the law. McGinnis really deceived Themis, bypassing the procedure for checking personal data when he acquired a weapon. But the ban extended to possession rather than obtaining weapons, and besides, they found a terrorist brochure calling for the extermination of American officials. And in trying to make excuses, the Texan said too much, having lied to the police about his status as an FBI agent and an order to test a prototype weapon. As a result, two years of the ban on possession of weapons turned into eight years in prison.

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