Gun-printer ‘didn’t know’ it was a crime

A SYDNEY pop culture fan facing possible jail time for making replica guns with a 3D printer claims he had no idea his hobby could land him in such strife.

Sicen Sun, 28, was arrested in 2017 after he advertised one of his imitation weapons for sale for $1 million on a Facebook buy, swap and sell group.

Sicen Sun is an accounts manager at major advertising company M&C Saatchi. Picture: Petter Rae
Sicen Sun is an accounts manager at major advertising company M&C Saatchi. Picture: Petter Rae

He's since pleaded guilty to charges including possessing a digital blueprint for the manufacture of firearms, manufacturing a pistol without a licence permit, and possessing an unauthorised pistol.

Sun was arrested in 2017 after he advertised one of his imitation weapons for sale online. Picture: Police Media
Sun was arrested in 2017 after he advertised one of his imitation weapons for sale online. Picture: Police Media

"With 20/20 hindsight I just realise how silly, idiotic, stupid and naive my actions were," he told his NSW District Court sentence hearing on Monday.

Police seized imitation pistols and weapons from a unit in Waverley. Picture: Police Media
Police seized imitation pistols and weapons from a unit in Waverley. Picture: Police Media

"I could not even begin to contemplate that a hobby would land me in such strife."

Sun, who dresses up as pop culture characters and was previously described by a lawyer as "something of a fanboy", said he meant for the replica firearms to be used as costume props.

Sun has pleaded guilty to charges including possessing a digital blueprint for the manufacture of firearms, manufacturing a pistol without a licence permit, and possessing an unauthorised pistol. Picture: Petter Rae
Sun has pleaded guilty to charges including possessing a digital blueprint for the manufacture of firearms, manufacturing a pistol without a licence permit, and possessing an unauthorised pistol. Picture: Petter Rae

The lawyer said he particularly liked Call of Duty and the TV show NCIS and had downloaded instructions from the internet on how to build the weapons using a printer.

A lawyer said Sun meant the fake weapons to be used as costume props. Petter Rae) NO ARCHIVING
A lawyer said Sun meant the fake weapons to be used as costume props. Petter Rae) NO ARCHIVING

Sun was charged with four weapons offences after police found four imitation pistols, including a 3D-manufactured small Glock, a 3D-manufactured Glock, a 3D-manufactured Sig 250; two air pistols, computer equipment, and two 3D printers at his eastern suburbs home.

The offence of possessing a blueprint to make a 3D replica guns carries a maximum penalty of 14 years jail. - with AAP



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