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Dairy farmer shoots man in head with air gun while attempting to exterminate crows

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A dairy farmer has been arrested after he shot a man with an air gun while attempting to exterminate crows at a farm in Betsukai, Hokkaido Prefecture, on Monday.

According to police, the incident occurred just after 8 a.m. Local media reported that Katsuyasu Fujikura was arrested on suspicion of negligence resulting in injury after he fired his gun before checking his surroundings while hunting crows. 

A 21-year-old male employee at the farm was seriously injured and remains in a coma after being hit in the head, police said Wednesday.

According to police, Fujikura did not have a license to possess the air gun. They said he will also be charged with violating the Firearms and Swords Control Law.

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When I was just a baby my mama told me

“Son, always be a good boy, don’t ever play with guns”

But I shot a man in Reno just to watch him die...

[with apologies to J. Cash]

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I'd really like to know what kind of air gun can put someone in a coma. Olympic competition 177? 22? And where and how does one get one in highly reglated Japan?

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Poor kid must have lost an eye or something. No airgun I know of can go through bone. Stupid oyaji! Surely you aimed the gun?? What an idiot!

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An air gun, a head shot and Coma, The shooter must have been close, close enough to clearly see the youths head. I have facial and head scars from air gun hits ( farm hyjinks ) must have been very close and in a weak spot. Not sure what to make of this, stupidity or bullying gone wrong? Same thing. If you are going to shoot crows an air gun I would say is a stupid choice. (Back to stupidity). No licence Stupid!. Shooting crows with an air gun that’s cruel. And pointless. I hope the youth wakes up soon, and the idiot who shot him is investigated further.

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Sounds like something rather bigger involved than an air gun. Yes, one can be severely hurt by those little 5.5 mm plastic balls (or even steel balls/ diavolos in other countries), but in this case here such a drastic head injury and falling into coma? Maybe it’s another type of weapon or a massively tuned air gun with energy of much more destructive amount of Joules.

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Guns require strict control and the farmer was required to have a license.

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Sometimes the small caliber guns do more damage by the projectile bouncing around on the inside.

Also its not legal to hunt crows either unfortunately

As far as i know they are protected by law

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And where and how does one get one in highly reglated Japan?

Probably bought one from this bloke:

https://mainichi.jp/english/articles/20200720/p2a/00m/0na/019000c

Also its not legal to hunt crows either unfortunately

As far as i know they are protected by law

They are, but I believe there are certain exceptions:

"In Japan, all wild birds, including crows, are protected (Ministry of the Environment 2018). However, crows causing damage to crops, livestock, and those considered a nuisance can be controlled with the approval of the local municipality."

https://digitalcommons.usu.edu › cgi

Obviously, the approved methods don't include illegally owned air guns.

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Sven AsaiToday  04:58 pm JST

It would appear it was an actual air gun that fires metal pellets, not a BB gun. They can be pretty damn powerful and you don't need to be so close to someone to harm them. I had a BB gun when I was younger but my mate had an air rifle that we shot birds with from his bedroom window, totally different power.

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It reminded me of this story, different circumstances though.

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-humber-48584698

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I'd really like to know what kind of air gun can put someone in a coma. 

Many of the air rifles used in Japan are PCP air rifles (pre-charged pneumatic), and are very different from the old Daisy break barrel kind of air rifle people may have in mind. I have a license and use one for target shooting (at a range), but my one is only in .177 caliber.

Several of the hunting PCP air rifles used for hunting in Japan can have up to 60 - 80 joules in power, and .44, or 7 mm calibers as well as the more traditional .22, etc. On comparison a BB rifle that many of us might have used in the backyard in our home countries is only about 10 joules, and the max allowed for airsoft in Japan is a bit less than 1 joule.

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Kiwi07: very interesting, relevant information. Thanks!

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Exterminate? Is he a dalek?

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Jeans and T-shirtToday  05:25 pm JST

They are, but I believe there are certain exceptions:

"In Japan, all wild birds, including crows, are protected (Ministry of the Environment 2018). However, crows causing damage to crops, livestock, and those considered a nuisance can be controlled with the approval of the local municipality."

https://digitalcommons.usu.edu › cgi

One of the best showings of an actual source here.

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Some “Air Rifles” have a higher velocity than power guns.

An average Crossman Air Rifle shoots FASTER (FPS) than some powder fire .22’s

This was probably a Competition Grade air rifle with high velocity (like those used at the Olympics) , but that doesn’t answer where he got his hands on it.

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Damn autocorrect

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If the guy was half way up a ladder or working on roof when he was shot, and fell, it may explain his comatose state.

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The guy shot is in a Coma still, so the story of what happened is coming from the shooter himself? As usual the article itself leaves out a couple of important details. He might not have been "shooting at crows". Think about it, you're aiming a rifle and you hit a 21 YO kid in the head. For anyone that has shot a rifle before, generally, you hit what is directly between the sights within reason and distance. I'm a bit skeptical on the Crow story.

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I bought my father in law a slingshot with some ball bearings to use on the golf course because the crows kept stealing his golf balls. He said after nearly a year of mixed success the crows recognize him and leave his balls alone.

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I used an AirSoft Glock 18 Machine pistol in Okinawa because the crows would be tearing open everyone’s giant plastic garbage bags. If I came outside and they saw me, they instantly took flight without a single shot.

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SaveTheCrows

Exterminate? Is he a dalek?

HAHAHAHAHAAA!!!!!...

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may I suggest that he use a slingshot instead? It'll still take down a crow and is probably (I don't know) not illegal to have one unlicensed. Or, just put up a sign in front of your property that warns of possible stray bullets due to animal control measures being undertaken.

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I would have thought that, as crows prey on rats and other vermin, it would have been a good idea to leave them alone on your farmland.

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Sometime crow will pick the eye out of new born calf/ lambs. But it will pass calfing/ lambing season. Otherwise crows are not a worry and will deter eagles. Sound like the young man was visiting the milk maid and the father intervene with his gun.

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