Daniel Whiteman accused of making ‘ghost guns’ with 3D printer in Philadelphia – NBC10 Philadelphia


A man has been arrested for allegedly making “ghost guns” with a 3D printer in Philadelphia.

On Monday, District Attorney Larry Krasner announced charges against Daniel Whiteman, 36, for unlawful possession of a firearm and a controlled substance.

Whiteman is accused of using a 3D printer to make specific parts for firearms. He also allegedly bought parts online, including slides and barrels, to build untraceable “ghost guns,” which are privately made, serial-numbered firearms that are increasingly appearing in violent crime.

Whiteman was arrested April 1 after Gun Violence Task Force officers were tipped. Investigators said Whiteman was in the process of printing a polymer receiver, which houses the operational mechanisms of a firearm, when officials executed a search warrant at his home in the Roxborough neighborhood of Philadelphia.

Whiteman assembled at least six firearms before his arrest, including .9mm and .22 caliber Glock-style firearms, investigators said. Officials believe Whiteman sold one and the transferred weapon was later used in a shooting.

Investigators also found gun-related supplies including ammunition calibers, gun oil and gun magazines along with several rolls of 3D printer filament and two clear packets of 3D printer filament. heroin and fentanyl, officials said.

Whiteman, who was previously convicted of robbery in Delaware County in 2013, is charged with possession of a prohibited firearm and other related offences.

The announcement of Whiteman’s arrest came the same day President Joe Biden announced a federal ruling cracking down on ghost weapons.

The new rule changes the current definition of a firearm under federal law to include unfinished parts, such as the frame of a handgun or the receiver of a long gun. It states that these parts must be licensed and include serial numbers. Manufacturers must also perform background checks before a sale, as they do with other commercially manufactured firearms. The requirement applies regardless of how the firearm was made, which means it includes ghost guns made from individual parts, kits or 3D printers.

Philadelphia police statistics show the number of ghost guns recovered in the city rose from 95 in 2019 to 250 in 2020 and 571 in 2021, according to the district attorney’s office. The bureau said that amount is expected to increase further this year.

“This chilling case is a clear example of why we need our state legislature to modernize gun safety laws that reflect the reality of 3D printing technology,” Krasner said. “Our communities are demanding that state lawmakers in the thrall of the National Rifle Association wake up and start caring about public safety by enacting common-sense gun regulations so we can stop the next Mr. Whiteman to produce and traffic weapons that endanger the lives of families and children.”


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