Southern Alberta man accused of firearms manufacturing

Lethbridge… 3D printers and a variety of firearms in various stages of completion were seized following an ALERT investigation into firearms manufacturing. A 39-year-old Vulcan, Alta. man is charged.

ALERT Lethbridge’s organized crime team charged Reed Davis on August 11, 2022. The 39-year-old is facing a number of firearms charges after a lengthy investigation revealed he was allegedly using a 3D printer and machinist tools to manufacture firearms and firearms parts.

“3D printed firearms recklessly circumvent the lawful process of firearms possession and fly in the face of law-abiding firearms owners. As technology evolves, ALERT and our policing partners will remain steadfast in responding to emerging trends to keep Alberta communities safe,” said Staff Sgt. Leon Borbandy, ALERT Lethbridge.

The investigation, which began in January 2022, involved the assistance of Vulcan RCMP, Lethbridge Police, and the RCMP’s National Weapons Enforcement Support Team (NWEST).

Four homes in the Vulcan area were searched and the following items were seized:

  • Four manufactured firearms in various stages of completion;
  • 3D printer;
  • A small improvised explosive device;
  • Two restricted handguns;
  • Loaded shotgun;
  • Rifle;
  • Various rounds of ammunition; and
  • 15 grams of methamphetamine.


Following preliminary testing by NWEST, one of the manufactured firearms was found to function and capable of firing live ammunition. Further forensic analysis and ballistics testing is underway.

The improvised explosive device was removed by the Lethbridge Police Service Explosive Disposal Unit and later safely detonated.

Davis has been charged with:

  • Manufacturing of firearms;
  • Manufacturing an explosive;
  • Unsafe storage of a firearm;
  • Unauthorized possession of a firearm;
  • Possession of a prohibited weapon; and
  • Possession of drugs.


Davis was released from custody and he is scheduled to appear in court on October 18, 2022.

Members of the public who suspect drug or gang activity in their community can call local police, or contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477). Crime Stoppers is always anonymous.

ALERT was established and is funded by the Alberta Government and is a compilation of the province’s most sophisticated law enforcement resources committed to tackling serious and organized crime.