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Japanese man arrested for 3D printing guns gets two years in prison

10/22, 10:58pm

Man arrested in April for violating weapons laws convicted for printing two firearms

In what could be the first conviction for making a firearm with a desktop 3D printer, a former Japanese college employee was sentenced to almost two years in jail earlier this week after being arrested earlier this year. The 28-year-old man was convicted for printing at least two functional and lethal firearms, capable of firing bullets -- in violation of Japan's strict gun laws.

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Japanese authorities arrest man for ownership of 3D printed firearms

05/08, 9:20pm

Strict gun laws in Japan lead to first 3D printed firearm arrest after video postings

A 27-year-old man was arrested in Japan, stemming from ownership of five firearms he created with a 3D printer, two of which were said to be functional and lethal, according to broadcaster NHK. Yoshitomo Imura, an employee of the Shonan Institute of Technology in Fujisawa in Kawasaki Prefecture, was arrested on illegal weapons possession after posting videos online showing him operating the firearms.

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