Minnesota man accused of using 3D printers to make machine guns – Detroit Lakes Tribune
MINNEAPOLIS — A Minneapolis man has been charged in a federal criminal complaint with possessing automatic locks and using 3D printers to make automatic locks from his residence, U.S. Attorney Andrew M. Luger said. .
An automatic trigger is a device that turns a semi-automatic firearm into a fully automatic firearm and is considered a machine gun under federal law.
According to court documents, on August 31, law enforcement conducted a controlled delivery of a package containing 30 pieces of firearms to 25-year-old Aaron Malik Cato at his Minneapolis residence.
The package, which had been shipped from Taiwan and intercepted by Customs and Border Protection officers, contained enough parts to create 10 automatic sears. During the search of Cato’s home, pursuant to a warrant, law enforcement recovered seven firearms, including five handguns and two AR platform firearms. Three of the handguns were equipped with automatic triggers and appeared to be privately manufactured firearms (ghost weapons). Law enforcement also found inside Cato’s residence four 3D printers and several 3D printed automatic triggers.
Cato is charged in a criminal complaint with possession of machine guns. He made his initial appearance on September 7 in United States District Court before Magistrate Judge Tony N. Leung and was ordered to remain in custody pending further proceedings.
This case is the result of an investigation by Homeland Security Investigations, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, US Customs and Border Protection and the Minneapolis Police Department.
Assistant United States Attorney Allison K. Ethen is prosecuting the case.
The US Department of Justice reminds people that a complaint is just an allegation and the defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt by a court.