3D Printed Gun Maker Jailed

By on October 21st, 2014 in Event

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Yoshitomo Imura, a Japanese 3D printing ehthusiast, has been jailed for two years for manufacturing 3D printed guns. 

We wrote of Imura’s situation earlier, where he was arrested for violating Japan’s very strict gun control laws. Imura produced several weapons using a 3D printer of his own design. 

Imura’s design differed from earlier, more primitive pistol designs that offered only a single shot. Imura’s design carries six bullets, making the weapon more dangerous – both to others and the operator, since it has six times the chance of exploding during firing. 

It’s also proved quite dangerous to Imura himself, as he now faces two years in a Japanese jail. Japan works very hard to keep gun crime low and they succeed. A key part of their strategy is tough gun legislation, which was used to convict Imura. 

Apparently his work was brought to the attention of police by video postings showing him operating the firearm. We’re wondering how many others have experimented with 3D printed firearms in contravention of local laws, who have NOT posted videos and are not known by authorities. We suspect it’s more than the few who post videos. 

Via ITWorld (Hat tip to William)

By Kerry Stevenson

Kerry Stevenson, aka "General Fabb" has written over 8,000 stories on 3D printing at Fabbaloo since he launched the venture in 2007, with an intention to promote and grow the incredible technology of 3D printing across the world. So far, it seems to be working!