3D Martyr: Imura Gets Two Years in Prison for Non-Working 3D Printed Guns

By Dean Weingarten

Yoshitomo Imura
Yoshitomo Imura
Dean Weingarten
Dean Weingarten

Arizona – -(Ammoland.com)- Yoshitomo Imura has become 3D printing’s first martyr.  He was sentenced to two years in prison for designing and producing blank firing guns on a 3D printer.

From the-japan-news.com:

YOKOHAMA (Jiji Press) — The Yokohama District Court sentenced a former Japanese college employee on Monday to two years in prison for producing guns with a three-dimensional printer.

I have not seen that any of the guns actually fired a projectile; the only ones that I have seen on videos fired blanks.   Imura stated that he did not believe that he was violating the law.   Building blank firing replica guns (in Japan they use special cartridges that work the action) is said to be a popular hobby in Japan.  It seems that Imura’s real crime was to show the technological capability of 3D printers.

The accused had “flaunted his skills and knowledge and attempted to make gun controls toothless,” the judge said.


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About Dean Weingarten;

Dean Weingarten has been a peace officer, a military officer, was on the University of Wisconsin Pistol Team for four years, and was first certified to teach firearms safety in 1973. He taught the Arizona concealed carry course for fifteen years until the goal of constitutional carry was attained. He has degrees in meteorology and mining engineering, and recently retired from the Department of Defense after a 30 year career in Army Research, Development, Testing, and Evaluation.

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JIM: I would suggest that IF the ATF, BATF ( Obmana stooges) would have a target on their backs if they should TRY to disarm Americans.
I feel that this country would not exist today if we were a disarmed society. The liberal/communist/progressive/democrats would have loved it so that they can CONTROL OUR SOCIETY…


Japanese laws regarding real and fake guns are very strict. They also have very strict laws on knives. It won’t be long until our ATF, BATF (or whatever the hell they want to call it today) will issue restrictions on this process here. the technology and product ideas are coming far too fast for them to like.