Beijing police crack down on gun trafficking online

15:18, October 20, 2010      

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The Beijing police force has closed six illegal websites to concentrate on cleaning up 3 million pieces of harmful information and cracking down on dangerous firearm goods since the launch of a special action to strike illegal online trafficking in firearms and ammunition in March of this year.

Tan Quan, a senior official from the Beijing Municipal Public Security Bureau, said that the police force has discovered harmful information involving firearms, ammunition, controlled knives, explosives and other dangerous goods on the Internet during the special action.

He said Internet trafficking in firearms and imitation guns is increasingly prevalent.

To escape the watch of the police, some unscrupulous traders split up models of guns to sell in parts through the Internet, which can be easily assembled into a fully-functioning firearm by buyers.

Data from the Beijing police showed that since March of this year, the police force has confiscated 468 various types of firearms, including roers, air guns and imitation guns, 6,000 types of ammunition, more than 2,000 controlled knives and a number of dangerous substances, which included grenades, mines, explosives, detonators and fuses. At least 30 people were criminally detained and 928 were arrested for security detention.

Tan said that the Beijing police force will target transactional websites in the next period of time to promptly block all kinds of harmful information.

Meanwhile, efforts will be increased to deal with the dangerous illegal goods carried in pubic places, including on buses, subway stations, campuses, downtown business districts and other population dense areas.

The police reiterated that residents are not allowed to possess firearms, ammunition, explosives, controlled knives, crossbows and other dangerous items. Owners of such dangerous goods should immediately hand them over.

Lesser punishments or exemption will be given by the police depending on the circumstances.

It was reported that the police will reward 2,000 to 10,000 yuan to people who report verified clues about guns, explosives, knives and other dangerous items.

By People's Daily Online


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