'Lion King' Puppet Specialist Charged in 3-D Gun Case - NBC4 Washington

'Lion King' Puppet Specialist Charged in 3-D Gun Case

In New York, it is illegal for an unlicensed person to print a 3-D revolver

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    In this May 2, 2010, file photo, theatergoers pour out of a matinee showing of 'The Lion King' at the Minskoff Theatre in New York.

    A former puppet specialist with the Broadway musical "The Lion King" is accused of printing a 3-D gun in the theater's prop room.

    Ilya Vett was arrested last week on a misdemeanor charge.

    A criminal complaint says a police officer observed a 3-D printer producing a "hard black plastic object" shaped like a revolver.

    It says Vett told a detective that he was making a gun as a gift for his brother, who lives upstate and has a gun license.

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    In New York, it is illegal for an unlicensed person to print a 3-D revolver.

    Vett's attorney did not immediately respond to a comment request on Tuesday.

    Disney Theatrical Productions declined to comment but confirmed that Vett no longer works at the show.