Section 51F of the Firearms Act 1996 is Possession of Digital Blueprints for Manufacture of Firearms and is extracted below.
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(1) A person must not possess a digital blueprint for the manufacture of a firearm on a 3D printer or on an electronic milling machine.
Maximum penalty: imprisonment for 14 years.
(2) Subsection (1) does not apply to a person who is:
(a) authorised by a licence or permit to manufacture the firearm concerned, or
(b) acting in the ordinary course of the person’s duties as a member (other than a police officer) of the Police Force.
(3) In this section:
“digital blueprint” means any type of digital (or electronic) reproduction of a technical drawing of the design of an object.
“possession” , of a digital blueprint, includes the following:
(a) possession of a computer or data storage device holding or containing the blueprint or of a document in which the blueprint is recorded,
(b) control of the blueprint held in a computer that is in the possession of another person (whether the computer is in this jurisdiction or outside this jurisdiction).
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