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Shinzo Abe

Abe assassination: Homemade gun poses threat to gun control

Police face tough task as weapon parts easy to obtain via internet

Police officers look for clues at the site of shooting that killed former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in Nara Prefecture on July 8.   © Kyodo

TOKYO -- The 41-year-old suspect in the killing of former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Friday used a homemade gun in the attack, revealing a hole in gun control in a country that has been largely considered safe.

Now Japan faces the tough task of containing such guns as people can easily buy, through the internet, materials and parts that can be converted to make guns, experts warn.

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