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A man in Utah is reportedly facing a criminal charge after threatening to carry out a mass school shooting with gun made from a 3D-printer.
The Deseret News reported on Tuesday that Austin James David West was charged with making a threat of violence after being arrested by police earlier this month.
According to a Salt Lake County Jail report, police said they arrested West on Aug. 8 after he communicated with another student “about using a gun to shoot students at Broadview University.”
The article goes on to state the following:
“The statements were forwarded to the university, which caused the university dean to be fearful that a school shooting was actually going to take place. An email had to be sent to faculty and students warning them of the threat of a shooting at the school. The school chose to remain open,” the report stated, according to The Deseret News.
The newspaper noted that a search warrant affidavit unsealed on Tuesday said that text messages sent by West referenced killing people with a “3D printed gun so the gun could not be traced back to him.”
“The message contained images of what appears to be a male in a video holding a rifle while standing over another male that is lying on the ground,” the warrant reads.
West’s home was served with a warrant on Aug. 8. Police seized a 3D-printer during their search of the residence, The Deseret News reported.
BREAKING: Utah man arrested after threatening to commit a mass shooting at a school using a gun made from a 3D printer.
Earlier today, a Texas man said he‘s selling 3D printed gun blueprints online, despite a federal court order barring him from doing so. https://t.co/G7vljwleg5
— Shannon Watts (@shannonrwatts) August 28, 2018
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