DownLoaded: Arquebus on the Threat of 3D Printed Firearms

Arquebus CEO Paul James and CTO Glenn Lawrence were quoted by the UK media last week regarding the threat posed by 3D printed firearms and the potential diversion of military grade firearms from the Ukraine conflict to the UK’s national security.

Deadly 3D printed weapons are being traded between gangs, posing a new threat on streets, the National Crime Agency warned.

It comes as the Director General of MI5 Ken McCallum stated that far-right extremists are increasingly trying to obtain guns, or 3D print their own.

McCallum warned that ‘… From the comfort of their bedrooms, individuals are easily able to access Right-wing extremist spaces, network with each other and move towards a radical mindset. Often weapons are sought for their own sake, well in advance of any specific targeting intent developing – making for difficult risk management judgments and forcing early intervention.’

This attention in the UK media comes following related reporting on the European mainland, where in October an expert from the NBI of Finland indicated the possibility of weapons originally intended for Ukrainian armed forces having been diverted to Organised Criminal Gangs in Finland, Sweden, Denmark, and the Netherlands. The Deputy Head of the NBI later clarified that ‘… However, we have no evidence of such a phenomenon.’

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DownLoaded: Arquebus on the Threat of 3D Printed Firearms

Arquebus CEO Paul James and CTO Glenn Lawrence were quoted by the UK media last week regarding the threat posed by 3D printed firearms and military grade firearms trafficked from Ukraine to the UK's national security.

Firearms Registries: an Essential Component of Weapons and Ammunition Management

Firearms are durable and modular goods, which circulate in both civilian and state possession. Firearms can also easily be disassembled and re-assembled, can lie dormant for years before being misused, and are frequently smuggled and trafficked across international borders. Without accountability throughout the lifecycle of a firearm, or an accurate understanding of the firearms in circulation within a jurisdiction, other crucial elements of WAM such as marking, tracing and profiling, stockpile management and the collection and destruction of firearms are swiflty undermined. Understanding these challenges, Arquebus maintains that a crucial tool for sustained and expansive progress in minimising the impact of SALW misuse upon human security is an effective national firearms registry.

Project FOCAL-SF Published

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The Arquebus team is delighted to receive a printed copy of Project FOCAL-SF, in which Arquebus delivered studies on the Firearms...

Learning From Experience: Firearms Proliferation in Ukraine

One of the major international security implications arising from the conflict in Ukraine is how to manage the long-term threat posed by the proliferation of huge numbers of Small Arms and Light Weapons (SALW). Arquebus CEO Paul James discusses the parallels to his experience tackling firearms crime in the Western Balkans, making a call to action for a proactive security response.

CEO Paul James on BBC Radio 4 – Liverpool Shooting Police Investigation

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Arquebus CEO Paul James was interviewed by Evan Davis on the BBC Radio 4 Programme, PM, providing his insight on the tragic fatal shooting of 9-year old Olivia Pratt Korbel in Liverpool. Paul discusses several areas of the investigation as the police attempt to identify the gunman and use the ballistics forensics to support the investigation.


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Between the 8th and 10th of August 2022, Arquebus delivered Double Casting equipment and a 3-day training course to the Trinidad & Tobago Police Service (TTPS) at the Police Training Academy and the Forensic Science Centre located within Port of Spain, Trinidad.


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The criminal misuse of SALW has become increasingly understood as a threat to collective security, with the illicit proliferation of SALW being recognised as a significant enabler for other criminal activities such as drug trafficking, whilst also engendering a perception of general insecurity which undermines public confidence in national authorities’ ability to secure populations (SOCTA, 2021).