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Police crack online gun sales network


10:07, May 26, 2012

NANNING, May 25 (Xinhua) -- Chinese police have arrested a gang suspected of being behind an online network that sold smuggled firearms to gun enthusiasts across the country, it was announced on Friday.

The investigation of the case has seen police seize 37 guns, 1,686 bullets and a batch of gunpowder, which had been smuggled into China since 2010, according to the Nanning Municipal Public Security Bureau in southwest Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region.

Fourteen people, including three gun dealers and buyers, have been apprehended in the transprovincial police operation since December.

The gun sales scheme came to light after police seized several bullets concealed in an express package sent from Nanning to Tianjin last October.

Three men, surnamed Li, Zhang and Liu, are suspected of spiriting guns and amunition into China through its border with Thailand since 2010, selling them to online buyers, with the goods delivered in express packages.

Liu, suspected of managing the online sales, was arrested last December, which was followed by the arrest of Zhang, and Li was deported back from Thailand under custody on May 9, 2012.

Chinese laws bans private ownership of firearms and gun crimes are usually rare in the country.


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