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700,000 illegal airsoft guns in circulation
The Yomiuri Shimbun

Only one-eighth of remodeled airsoft guns outlawed in August under the revised Firearms and Swords Control Law in August have been disposed of or returned to their original condition, a National Police Agency survey has found.

Airsoft is a military simulation sport. Airsoft guns, typically replicas of real firearms, fire spherical plastic pellets.

According to the NPA, there are about 800,000 remodeled airsoft guns subject to the revision in Japan, but only about 100,000 of them have been confirmed to have been discarded or modified to reduce their muzzle energy. The remaining 700,000 are believed to be owned by gun enthusiasts.

The airsoft guns in question are remodeled versions of manufactured products, and the makers do not have a clear idea of who the owners are. Some airsoft gun makers plan to run TV commercials to publicize the revision, while asking police not to immediately crack down on illegal gun ownership, saying some people may still be unaware of the revision.

The revision was put into effect after cars were hit by remodeled airsoft pellets in September 2005 in Osaka and Wakayama prefectures.

Airsoft guns subject to the revision are those with pellets measuring at least six millimeters in diameter and can penetrate an aluminum can when fired from a distance of one meter. Those found in possession of such weapons are subject to a prison sentence of up to one year or a fine of up to 300,000 yen.

Manufacturer groups such as Air Soft Gun Kyokai (ASGK) estimate that of the 4.5 million to 5 million airsoft guns in the nation, about 800,000 remodeled ones became illegal following the revision.

The NPA decided that the six months after the revision would be a transitional period, and if illegal airsoft guns were discarded or remodified to bring their muzzle energy within the legal limit during that period, the owners would not face a penalty.

The transitional period ended on Feb. 20, and the NPA found that only about 100 remodeled airsoft guns were brought to police stations to be disposed of during the period, and that only about 100,000 such guns were fixed by manufacturers to lower their firepower.

An NPA official said, "The transition period is over, so if we find someone who owns such an [illegal] airsoft gun, the person will have to be penalized."

On March 20, the Metropolitan Police Department sent papers to prosecutors on a 28-year-old man of Kanagawa Prefecture on suspicion of possessing two remodeled airsoft guns. The MPD found the man bought one of the guns when he was in primary school.

Remodeled air guns usually sell at high prices after being fitted with stronger springs or having their air canister replaced with a carbon dioxide one.

But the ASGK said, "Airsoft guns are toys, so we don't conduct follow-up checks on customers."

The Japan Air Sports Gun Association, comprising three air gun manufacturers, will commission TV commercials showing that airsoft guns with a certain muzzle energy are illegal.

The association also has started asking police to show an understanding attitude if owners voluntarily come forward to ask about how to dispose of their airsoft gun or weaken their gun's firepower.

(Mar. 31, 2007)
 

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So I guess when we raped them in WWII we took their balls as a war trophy.
 

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Rammstein said:
So I guess when we raped them in WWII we took their balls as a war trophy.
Yep, they are on display at the Marine Corps Museum, Ooh freakin Rah


Had to modify a bit though, wouldn't want to offend the Mothers Of Americatm
 

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Firearms ownership in Japan is extreamly restrictive. I spent four years in Mainland Japan while I was on active duty and was one of the very few Americans to get a Japanese hunting license. The process is both extreamly expensive and complicated. There are taxes on every step to getting a firearms license and as an American Military memeber that was tax exempt on alot of the things it still cost me about two thousand dollars when it was all said and done. There is a background investigation involved that makes a NSA Secret Clearance check look easy. Then there are three seperate tests that you must take, each with thier own fee. You must show proof that you have secure, lockable, unmovable storage for firearms and ammunition in your residence. You must take a eye test to prove you can see well enough etc etc etc. Once this is all done you are allowed the priviledge of purchasing a shotgun for twice what you'ld pay for the same gun here. Oh and it can only be a shotgun. A Japanese citizen can not own or hunt with a rifle until he has had a license for at least ten years. Pistols are out completely. They are also limited to the number of guns they can own and are taxed annually for each one. Each firearm they own is entered into thier "blue book". The blue book almost exactly like a passport only intead of listing where you've been it lists your firearms by complete description. They must have insurance that would pay roughly ten million dollars in the event they negligently shot someone. They are not allowed under any circumstances to use their firearms for self defense. They can only use them for hunting and target shooting. What this all adds up to is that in Japan hunting and target shooting are a wealthy mans sport. While this results in some increadible hunting (literally the best hunting I have ever done in my life) it also results in problems with destruction of crops do to an overabundance of certain animals such as wild boar and monkeys. I did get some outstanding deals on shotguns wile I was there because the Japanese hunters always want the newest and best guns they can get and no self respecting Japanese hunter buys a used gun. This made the only market for these "trade ins" the Americans with license's because we were not limited to how many we could buy or keep. I bought $1400 shotguns for less than $100 on a regular basis. The soft air guns have been completely unregulated until now and manufacturers took advantage of this loophole to sell models that have much more power than the ones you get in the states. I have one that I bought over that that looks exactly like my Ruger P85 and has the power to soot them little plastic BB's through a coke can no problem. I think this new law is to combat the problem of kids shooting cars with them and causing bady dings and chipped paint. The big thing I got from my experiences in Japan was an even greater love of the freedoms we have as Americans and a stronger commitment to keep them.
 

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Brady Bunch Drooling

See, the Brady Bunch doesn't want to ban ALL GUNS, just the particularly nasty ones that are unreasonably dangerous. So long as the firearms industry modifies their products to meet the safety expectations of consumers and government regulators, all will be O.K.

C'mon, you can still have guns that DENT aluminum beverage cans from a distance of 39 inches. You just can't have one that will penetrate the can. Be reasonable. You don't want someone to lose an eye, do ya?
 

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Japan regs - wow. That sucks.
What about bows & blow guns & things like that? I guess Japan still wants to keep things like int he "good ole days" of feudalism.
 
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