Date
22 October 2017
3D-printed guns seized by police at the home of Yoshitomo Imura last year. Two of the guns could fire live bullets. Photo: AFP
3D-printed guns seized by police at the home of Yoshitomo Imura last year. Two of the guns could fire live bullets. Photo: AFP

Japanese man gets two-year jail term for 3D-printed gun

A Japanese court has sentenced a man to two years in prison for making guns with a 3D printer.

Yoshitomo Imura, 28, was found guilty of making two guns at his home and publishing a video online detailing the process, Agence France-Press reported, citing a ruling by the Yokohama District Court.

“The criminal responsibility for this act is serious” as it could encourage others to replicate the act, presiding judge Koji Inaba was quoted as saying.

Imura, a former employee of the Shonan Institute of Technology, used information available in the internet to build the two functional guns. He then uploaded a video online detailing how he built them.

The court rejected his argument that he did not know his acts were illegal. 

Japan has very strict firearms control laws and few people possess guns or have ever come into contact with them.

Weapons assembled from parts produced by 3D printers are not detectable with regular security equipment, including scanners found at airports, leading to fears that they could be used in hijackings, the report said.

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