Japan “Needs 3D Printer Ban”

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The arrest of a man who printed several pistols has prompted the Japanese government to call for laws restricting 3D printers with uncharacteristic swiftness.

Kanagawa police recently arrested a 28-year-old university employee for illegally possessing firearms, after a raid on his home uncovered 5 “gun-like” objects, 2 of which were judged capable of firing lethal rounds – although no ammunition or the means to make any were uncovered.

He had made all the pieces using a 3D printer, having brought himself to police attention by helpfully uploading videos of his handiwork online.

He also made a variety of pronouncements online describing gun ownership as a basic human right:

“Japan’s weakest should arm themselves. When someone threatens you next, tell him you’ll blow him away!”

“For emergency usage people should forget about the gun control law, and make sure they know how to make their own gun.”

“Japan is violating our human rights by not allowing gun ownership for self defence purposes.”

“Gun ownership is a basic human right and even if the Swords and Firearms Control Law cannot be abolished, anyone will be able to make one themselves with the dissemination of gun plans for 3D printers.”

3D printed firearms – widely espoused by a certain subset of gun crazed Americans – are still regarded as dangerously poor quality, but improvements in their design and 3D printing technology are likely to result in drastic improvements in their effectiveness.

The menacing prospect of Japanese other than police, soldiers, hunters and yakuza having access to firearms prompted the Japanese cabinet to call for new laws restricting the ownership of 3D printers, with the National Public Safety Commission’s chairman having this to say:

“This is a new type of crime. We fear repeat occurrences of similar incidents, and present laws do not fully cover cases like this. Both police and those concerned need to consider further measures.”

Police have pointed out that 3D printer sales in Japan are unregulated and even if sales were subject registration anyone could buy them through an intermediary, hampering efforts to pinpoint those behind the printing – much like the dangers conventional printers pose to the security of the currency, perhaps.

Gun control specialists in Japan have warned that 3D printing “threatens the basis of our domestic gun control” and say “restrictions must be considered” to prevent the profusion of printed firearms.

Online there has been as much alarm at the reaction of authorities as there has at news of the original arrest:

“These old fools don’t understand anything but how to ban things.”

“Without any bullets this is just so much plastic junk.”

“Just ban making dangerous objects. With their logic sales of color printers capable of producing fake bank notes should be restricted too.”

“You can make a gun with a lathe. With no ammo circulating in Japan I don’t see the problem.”

“Wait for a ban on agricultural chemicals which can make explosives and metalworking tools. It is unfair not to.”

“PCs can be used to produce all kinds of viruses. We should restrict their sale too.”

“Since they keep banning everything new here it is not surprising we lag in innovation.”

“The American government is busy promoting their 3D printing industry whilst ours is about to ban it. Talk of the next Google or Apple being Japanese makes me laugh.”

“Amazing that with all the issues they ignore or suppress, this is the one problem that gets an immediate response.”

“What are they so worried about? A revolt?”

“Just arrest the people who use them to make illegal weapons. No need for a new law at all.”

“Why does this stupid country keep banning everything…”

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    Comment by Anonymous
    05:55 10/05/2014 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    You would have thought he would have printed something useful like a cast off figure.

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:02 10/05/2014 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    Or an Onahole

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:57 10/05/2014 # ! Good (+0.6)

    Or a cast-off figure with an onahole?

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:17 10/05/2014 # ! Neutral (+0.4)


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    Comment by Justin iZ Here
    14:21 10/05/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    holy shit, genius!

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:24 11/05/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    Combo breaker lol

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:19 12/05/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    I actually wonder if this hasn't been done already?

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:46 11/05/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    An ABS plastic onahole with sharp corners? I think I need to fap 10 more years to reach such level.

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:39 10/05/2014 # ! Good (+0.8)

    the only thing japan needs banned is shitty politicians

    and i'm sure that project is also an attempt at protecting some companies...

    corrupt bastards

    Comment by Anonymous
    Comment by Anonymous
    03:56 10/05/2014 # ! Good (+0.8)

    "judged capable of firing lethal rounds"

    Right, go fire them into a suitable material. If you come out of it with your hands intact, I'll believe you.

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    Comment by Kaarme
    04:18 10/05/2014 # ! Quality (+0.8)

    An appropriate model and small enough calibre (not that a random Japanese dude would get ammunition of any calibre), and I'm sure the thing could stand a single shot and be accurate enough to hit something right in front of you. Which is exactly what these stupid government geezers are afraid of.

    It'd certainly be easy enough to test remotely until satisfied.

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    Comment by Kiljoy616
    14:06 10/05/2014 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    That is the million dollar question so he has a pistol like device, so where does he get the ammunition since I though it was so regulated there that is almost impossible to get it at all.

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    Comment by cats2
    05:12 10/05/2014 # ! Good (+0.6)

    From that article the thing is closer ot a homemade flare gun...

    So yeah, it's a bit..

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    Comment by fxc2
    12:41 10/05/2014 # ! Good (+0.4)

    3D printed guns can fire off several shots with lethal force up to a range of 10-20 meters. However you cannot print gunpowder to make ammunition.

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:18 11/05/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    Black gunpowder is easy enough to make, can be even salvaged from fireworks, empty cases are easy to come by, but making primary explosives for primer requires some decent knowledge of chemistry, and not always easy to come by ingredients

    With BP alone, best you can do is likely matchlock pistol. With proper tools and some knowledge in metallurgy you can do flintlock. But if you can make metal parts, might as well make entire weapon with it.

    For any illegal uses, pipebomb makes a lot more sense.

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:49 13/05/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    Better off making a small crossbow, at least you can print everything and even have spare parts.

    Comment by Anonymous

    yet. :scientificTrollface:

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    Comment by Octopi
    06:50 10/05/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    if you watch a any news, you would know this things are indeed lethal, and not a speculation or a joke.

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:15 10/05/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    you can already look up demonstrations on youtube. you wont be winning any wars with them, but they are definitely lethal.

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:28 10/05/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    Something about a metal rail and current with lots of velocity... What were those wonders of science "fiction" called. I mean I think there might even be a spin off anime of the same name...

    Print a ____gun :3


    Comment by Anonymous
    09:43 10/05/2014 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    *prints life size model of misaka mikoto* :3

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:41 13/05/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    @Anon 09:43; Only winning if it has squishy soft exterior and a built in onahole with USB based warmer.

    @Anon 08:28; A Gauss(coil) gun would be more likely.

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:32 10/05/2014 # ! Good (+0.8)

    Next the Jap government will ban men from talking to women on the street.

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    Comment by Kiljoy616
    14:03 10/05/2014 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    I thought they already did? Or at least in trains.

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    Comment by MuChaDo
    01:05 11/05/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    They should bad pencils too in case somebody draws a penis without censoring it.

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:46 11/05/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    3D-print a 2D women. Genius!

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:46 10/05/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    Pretty sure there's no fear of that getting out of control. They don't talk. They just ram hands down panties in crowded trains, as a replacement for conversation.

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:46 10/05/2014 # ! Good (+0.6)

    I call that traditional Japanese courtesy ceremony.

    I think its shinto.

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:31 11/05/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    Back in the day that was a game called Guess That Smell.

    Comment by Anonymous

    Mannn they must watch too much Man vs Wild cuz dem Jap women are packing some serious bush.

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:44 10/05/2014 # ! Good (+0.7)


    Comment by Anonymous
    17:49 10/05/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    Yes, they need to stand up for their rights, but like the fellow germans, they too sleep in the illusion made by US Oligarchy.

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    Comment by Ota-Kool
    20:53 10/05/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    Yeah totally AGREE! What if the Chinky Chinese Commies(or Britannia starts calling Japanese - Eleven) decide to invade japan or ZOMBIE APOCALYPSE like The Walking Dead or Highschool of the Dead?

    Comment by Anonymous

    Japan needs msirorreT (read backwards, sankaku got filters to auto remove such words for some reason), i have said that many times, Japan is way too bored for its own good.

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    Comment by Kiljoy616
    14:04 10/05/2014 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    No they don't need terror but your right they need to get spanked a bit or at least the people do. That said if they get spanked the governments may just turn on the people and remove even more rights.

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:23 10/05/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    Their boredom equals entertainment for the rest of the world. And you want to deprive the rest of us of that?

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:56 10/05/2014 # ! Good (+0.7)

    Japanese government is afraid of a revolt. Clearly.

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:42 10/05/2014 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    The most significant edge guns have over bows, blowers, slingshots and such is when attempting suicide.

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:48 10/05/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    Gravity also has that same advantage. Just climb a few floors up and enjoy the free fall.

    Comment by Anonymous
    Comment by Anonymous
    08:36 12/05/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    fucking pig

    Comment by Anonymous

    and disgusting pigs like 06:45 anon

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:35 10/05/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    09:19's mad lol

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:59 11/05/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    grow the fuck up, 09:19

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:18 10/05/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    your hatred merely lubricates my faps. come at me, 09:19 fuckhead and bring me to orgasm xxx

    Comment by Anonymous

    your hatred merely lubricates my faps. come at me bro and bring me to orgasm xxx

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    Comment by Dark Mage
    05:46 10/05/2014 # ! Good (+0.6)

    A 3d printer ban?
    Wow these guys are morons.

    FYI you can make much more functional firearm ie one that's good for more then one or two shots out of plumbing parts that can be found at any hardware store.

    Heck you can make flame throwers and bombs using the same stuff.

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    Comment by かん いか
    08:04 10/05/2014 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Most people who are aware of the issue here think that 3D printers will be more effective in making magazines and accessories, not firearms or receivers themselves.

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:36 10/05/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    Which is why this is so pointless in Japan, where any magazines (and cartridges to put in them) are prohibited in the first place. It's not like they're currently limited to 5 round magazines or something.

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:49 10/05/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    I'm guessing they think most people would be 2 lazy 4 dat, and would rather 3d print.. If 3d printing is easier. I think it is.

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:45 11/05/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    My father used to make guns with pipes to hunt small animals as a kid... That was back them when a kid could get their hands on gunpowder easily. Make a lethal gun only needs a better pipe.

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    Comment by Dark Mage
    06:23 10/05/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    Not really making a zip gun out of pipe that is functionally equivalent to what he made is very easy.

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    Comment by Octopi
    06:53 10/05/2014 # ! Neutral (-0.2)

    exaclty, and already happened, so this is not like this guys are guessing what can happen, because it has already been proven. there was also a test where they entered some high offices with this type of gun undetected, something I doubt a metal gun done of tubes would be able acommplish.

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    Comment by Dark Mage
    07:43 10/05/2014 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    The shells and the springs necessary to make it work would still be detectable by a metal detector.

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:46 10/05/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    Making something using a 3D printer is a lot easier than say, putting together the necessary parts and modifying them slightly. With 3D printers, all you need is the design, material, and a press of the button.

    Just because you think that it is easier to assemble a firearm using everyday items doesn't make it true. The scariest type of people is not the ones who possess real weapon knowledge and skills, it's those who think of guns as toys and simply 3D print them for entertainment.

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    Comment by Imyou
    13:45 10/05/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    Not so much yet, necessarily. With 3D printing, there is still often the assembly and tuning process for a printer. Barring that, many still require you to know your way around a 3D modelling package, or at the least, a program that can slice the models for printing. Then there are printing accidents, like the workpiece coming unstuck from the platform, and the top portion of it ending up as a tumbleweed of extruded ABS.

    On the other hand, something like a hairspray potato cannon can and has been made by all sorts of kids for less than the cost of a spool of ABS for printing, but it can still do real damage, especially if modified for harder ammo.

    Zip guns have been around for ages. 3D printed guns will probably become a problem in the future, but at least for the time being, it's still in the domain of the geeks.

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