Shanghai police arrested 17 members of an online replica gun sales rings, Shanghai Daily reported today. Of the 46 replica guns seized, police said that 11 were capable of causing injury.
The leader of the group was a 25-year-old Guangdong native surnamed Zhang. After fleeing to Vietnam, he was arrested and handed over to Shanghai police in July. Zhang was one member of a website that helped obtain replica guns in China. The site had 90,000 registered members.
Zhang said he would contact sellers in Hong Kong and then the guns would be smuggled across to Shenzhen and finally delivered to idiots like this. They would make 800 to 900 RMB profit on a sale, but Zhang said the profit for him was more like 10 to 100 RMB, after paying off the Hong Kong sellers. Maybe he should have found a more legitimate or at least a more profitable line of work.
China’s gun laws are some of the strictest in the world. The country bans everything related to private gun manufacture, ownership and transport. Possessing a single gun can result in a minimum three-year prison sentence, and those charged with serious gun crimes face execution.
Still, with the internet, some money and a lot of balls, anything is possible.
by Alex Linder
[Image by Shanghai Daily]