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Japan makes first arrest over 3-D printer guns: Reports

Published on May 8, 2014 1:50 PM
 
Seized plastic made guns produced by a 3-D printer are displayed at a police station in Yokohama on May 8, 2014. A 27-year-old Japanese man was arrested on Thursday for illegally possessing handguns made by a three-dimensional printer, media said, marking the first such case in Japan, a country that takes pride in its low crime rate. -- PHOTO: AFP

TOKYO (AFP) - A Japanese man suspected of possessing guns made with a 3-D printer has been arrested, reports said on Thursday, in what was said to be the country's first such detention.

Officers who raided the home of Yoshitomo Imura, a 27-year-old college employee, confiscated five weapons, two of which had the potential to fire lethal bullets, broadcaster NHK said.

They also recovered a 3-D printer from the home in Kawasaki, near Tokyo, but did not find any ammunition for the guns, Jiji Press reported.

It is the first time Japan's firearm control law has been applied to the possession of guns produced by 3-D printers, Jiji reported.

 
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