A young man from the regional NSW city of Orange has been charged with a serious firearms offence after the NSW Joint Counter Terrorism Team raided his home.
Detectives executed a search warrant at the property on Friday after intercepting a package, alleged to have contained a firearm component, addressed to the home less than two weeks ago.
During the search, they allegedly found a digital blueprint to manufacture a firearm on the man’s mobile phone.
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“Further investigation by the NSW JCTT identified the man listed as the addressee for the package as a supporter of ideologically motivated violent extremism,” NSW Police said.
The 26-year-old is due to appear at Dubbo Local Court today, accused of possessing a digital blueprint to manufacture a firearm.
“It will also be alleged the man has imported legally obtained items that were to be used to manufacture firearms,” NSW Police added.
According to police, the maximum penalty for this offence is 14 years imprisonment.
AFP Commander Stephen Dametto, of Counter Terrorism and Special Investigations Command, said the potential for 3D printers to manufacture firearms is a serious threat to community safety.
“The potential for 3D printers to print firearms, or their components, is something police are constantly monitoring, and we will take action if we have evidence a person intends to manufacture a firearm,” Commander Dametto said.
“We will allege the man charged by the JCTT has demonstrated support for extreme ideological views.
“The JCTT acted early to prevent him manufacturing a firearm, even though he allegedly made significant preparations to be able to do so.”
Another man from Orange, aged 31, has also been served with a Firearms Prohibition Order as part of the ongoing investigation.