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Illegal air guns lead to possession arrests

Date Posted: 2012-06-29

A 52-year-old Okinawa gun enthusiast is under arrest in Uruma City on charges of possessing illegal firearms, and a teenager in mainland Japan has also been busted.

The Okinawa Prefectural Police Gangster Counter Measure Division teamed with Uruma Police to file criminal charges against the Uruma City man. Hes charged with violating the Firearms and Sword Control Law for possessing an illegal air soft gun with sufficient power to inflict damage on a human. The man has confessed to the charges.

He told Okinawa Prefectural Police hes a gun enthusiast, and hed bought a Cassiopeia model M500 revolver made in Japan, and six model guns. The M500 was originally a toy gun, but its possible to modify it illegally to shoot metal balls, bringing it into violation of Section 2 of the Firearms and Sword Control Law of 2008. He says he purchased the weapon on the internet.

In mainland Japan, a 17-year-old is also under arrest, charged with possession of modified firearms. The Metropolitan Police Department says the teenager had one modified pistol, four airsoft guns and two model pistols. He told police I wanted a powerful gun. I thought it would be OK if I didnt aim it at people. He modified the airsoft guns himself, setting them with enough force to pierce four 4mm wooden boards from a distance of two meters. He told police he learned how to do it from the internet.

The youth sold model pistols on internet auctions for 10,000~25,000, using the money to purchase new guns. Police say air guns that apply over 0.135 joules of force with a six millimeter BB shot from 50 centimeters are forbidden from being owned by people under 18.

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