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First Arrest In Japan For 3D-Printed Guns 274

Posted by timothy
from the illegal-objects-around-the-world dept.
PuceBaboon (469044) writes "Earlier today (Thursday), police in Kawasaki, Japan, arrested a man for violation of the firearms control law. He was apparently in possession of five, 3D-printed handguns, two of which were reportedly capable of firing normal rounds (although no actual bullets were found). The suspect was arrested after releasing video of the guns online. Japan has very strict gun control laws and, whether or not the suspect actually appeared in the alleged video, he may just have signed himself up for some serious porridge."
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First Arrest In Japan For 3D-Printed Guns

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  • Re:Hey Tim (Score:3, Informative)

    by Rosco P. Coltrane (209368) on Thursday May 08, 2014 @08:55AM (#46948211)

    Because when guns are outlawed, only outlaws have guns.

  • Re:Hey Tim (Score:2, Informative)

    by Anonymous Coward on Thursday May 08, 2014 @08:58AM (#46948229)

    Cause Japanese are way more civilized than the rest of us!

    Ever been to Tokyo? Greater Tokyo had almost 35 million people packed
    on the edge of a stamp and... there is essentially no violent crime. Everything
    looks clean, new, and well-kept. Also great and safe public transportation!
    Japanese are so polite and nice...

  • Re: Hey Tim (Score:1, Informative)

    by Anonymous Coward on Thursday May 08, 2014 @09:01AM (#46948251)

    That old hackney phrase.
    Where you outlaws get those guns?
    Oh from good guys in states where it is legal to sell them in bulk.

  • Re:Hey Tim (Score:5, Informative)

    by Anonymous Coward on Thursday May 08, 2014 @09:10AM (#46948299)

    There is plenty of violent crime in Japan. The difference between their violent crime and violent crime in the United States is that Japan's guns laws are very highly restrictive. I can still remember reading an interview a gaming website did with a mid-level yakuza, who they had play Yakuza 4. He remarked that none of the actual yakuza use guns, because the cops there will arrest on sight if they see someone carrying one. Instead, they tend to snatch people off the streets and use the $5 wrench approach.

    I also wouldn't be surprised if the violent crime rate in Japan, especially by organized crime, is under-reported. One of the main slang terms for the yakuza translates to "the office", a remark on how big of an institution organized crime is in the country, to the point where it's almost like a business.

    While I'm sure the yakuza don't account for 100% of violent crime there, I'd be willing to bet they account for quite a bit.

  • Re:Hurray for Japan (Score:5, Informative)

    by Nexus7 (2919) on Thursday May 08, 2014 @10:11AM (#46948773)

    By your own premise, once you "snap your fingers and make all the guns go away in America," then the people suffering from "problems of undertreatment of the mentally ill, mistreatment of the poor, and the prevailing attitude that I'm not responsible for my own actions" will not be able to shoot anyone. Thus the murder rate would go down (since you imply it is because of these problems, and not the availability of guns, that people shoot people).

  • Re:Hurray for Japan (Score:4, Informative)

    by amosh (109566) on Thursday May 08, 2014 @11:53AM (#46949919)

    HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAhahahaha.... oh wait, you're serious. Jesus christ.

    So let's take a look at the things that you're saying that aren't true, first. Switzerland - Every adult MALE is issued an assault rifle, WHEN THEY GO INTO THE MILITIA, at the age of 18 - when they are trained to use them. If they want to keep them, however, they remove the autofire, so it's no longer a "true assault rifle", whatever you meant by that. If they want to actually CARRY the guns, they have to go through an extensive permitting process, where basically everyone who doesn't have a need to carry (people in the security field) get rejected. Oh, also, you know that "murder rate" might be correlated with "gun death rate", they're not the same. Right? You know that? I'm assuming you just used the murder rate because it makes your point much better than the actual GUN DEATH RATE - you know, the number that shows how many people are KILLED WITH GUNS. There, Mexico has about triple the rate of Switzerland. I know it's not as impressive as 30x the rate, but it is - you know - relevant.

    Now, let's look at your interesting and - I'm sure - random and totally neutral choice of Mexico as a counterexample. I mean, you chose a failed state in the middle of a civil war with narcoterrorists - something that (one might think) would drive the gun death rate up. And, in fact, it does - Mexico's gun death rate is about 20x what it was in 2001. So it seems what you've proved - and I'm not saying that this isn't a relevant and important point - is that laws are not magic and we don't live in Hogwarts. Mexico passing restrictive gun laws does not magically make guns vanish. I look forward to reading your thesis on this brilliant insight.

    I'm going to pick out some TOTALLY RANDOM AND NEUTRAL countries of my own. Israel and Japan. Both countries with INCREDIBLY restrictive gun laws, so based on what we've learned from you, they'll obviously have ridiculously high gun death rates. Hmm... looking at Wikipedia, Israel is about half of the Swiss Gun Utopia, and Japan has about 2% of the gun deaths of Switzerland. Jesus, who would have thought MY unbiased, random and neutral countries would make the exact opposite point of YOUR unbiased, random and neutral countries? Except, you know, relevant. And without the circumstances that make Mexico a terrible example. And handsomer.

    So I get that Slashdot has always had a weird subculture of gun nuts - but you can be pro-gun without being a moron. Let go of the ridiculous dogma and look at the ACTUAL FACTS that support your point. I think there's a special place in hell for people who make an argument so badly [you], it actually turns someone who supports the cause that they're espousing against them [that's me.]

The meat is rotten, but the booze is holding out. Computer translation of "The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak."