On May 9 Breitbart News reported that Japanese Sword and Firearm Control officers arrested Yoshitomo Imura for possession of five 3D-printed firearms.
On October 22 The Japan News reported Imura has been sentenced “to two years in prison for producing guns with a three-dimensional printer.” He “was found guilty of violating laws that strictly restrict the possession of guns and large knives and the production of weapons.”
The prosecution argued that Imura’s actions were “vicious” because he not only printed the guns but “released 3D design data for [them] on the Internet.”
Breitbart News pointed out that police discovered Imura via online videos that showed him shooting the guns. Imura had posted the following statement on his website as well: “The right person should survive even if weak. A gun makes power equal.”
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