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Gun used to kill Abe is ‘easy to build with hardware store materials’, experts say

The homemade weapon used to kill former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe can be easily made using readily available commercial components, weapons experts say, raising questions about what else can be done to prevent such shootings.

Although little is known about the double-barreled firearm used by the suspect – Tetsuya Yamagami, 41 – preliminary expert analysis indicates that it was made of materials that could be purchased at a hardware store, including lumber for the frame, plumbing pipes for the barrels, electrical tape, commercial batteries for the ignition and electrical wiring. Nothing visible from the exterior of the weapon appears to have been 3D printed.

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