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Japanese jailed 2 years for printing 3D guns

Published: 21.10.2014
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A 28 year old Japanese was sentenced to 2 years imprisonment for manufacturing plastic 3D printed firearms which is in violation of national weapons laws.

Yoshitomo Imura has  created at least 2 guns in his home that were capable of firing bullets.

Imura was arrested in May after posting tutorial and blueprints of his 3D weapon online. The video which he uploaded, shows the firing of a 3D printed revolver which is capable of firing 6 .38 caliber rounds.

The guns were designed by himself and modeled partly after Mauser Zig-Zag, a revolver used by the German military. In the video's description, he wrote: “Freedom of armaments to all people!!” and “A gun makes power equal!!”

The judge said that Imura "flaunted his skills and knowledge and attempted to make gun controls toothless".

The design/blueprint files for the gun was downloaded more than 100,000 times before the U.S. State Department told him to take them down.

Yoshitomo Imura is the first person in the world to be jailed for printing a firearm from 3D printer.


Image: Wikimedia

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