Man arrested for 'lethal' guns made by 3D printer

Japanese national detained after posting videos of functional weapons online

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Man arrested for 'lethal' guns made by 3D printer Seized plastic guns are being held at police station in Yokohama. (AFP/Getty Images)
By  Helen Gaskell Published  May 8, 2014

Japanese police have arrested a 27-year-old man on suspicion of possessing handguns believed to have been created by a 3-D printer, according to the Japan Broadcasting Corporation.

Police launched an investigation after Yoshitomo Imura posted video footage of the guns online. Imura is said to have admitted to using a 3D printer at his home to make the guns, but that he did not think it was illegal.

Broadcaster NHK reported that five plastic handguns were seized and police determined that two of them could be lethal. No live bullets have been found.

It has been reported that Imura stored data for a handgun design on his computer and police believe he used the blueprint, possibly obtained through the Internet, to make the guns.

Police say this is the first time in Japan they have seized guns possibly made with the technology.

According to the BBC, the world's first 3D-printed gun was successfully fired in the US in May 2013 by a group called Defense Distributed, who made the blueprints available online.

However, the United States Department of State quickly demanded the immediate removal of the blueprints from the group's website.

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