Late last week, Chinese police seized 1,180 guns and more than 6 million bullets after having discovered an online gun ring earlier this year which involved at least 18 (very well-armed) people.
During a random inspection back in April, police found a package which contained an assortment of gun components, and over the course of the next seven months, police uncovered an online gun selling operation which had been operating since 2012, and which operated using a U.S. server.
According to Xinhua, police estimate that since 2012, the gun ring made more than 4 million yuan ($625,537) in profit.
Gun possession by ordinary Chinese citizens is illegal, and the manufacturing and distribution of guns in China is strictly regulated. Anyone caught illegally possessing a firearm can be sentenced to up to seven years in prison.
With that said, acquiring firearms in China is pretty easy judging by the insane number of guns that police confiscate (and burn) each and every year. Often times, purchasing one can be just a few clicks away.
While many guns are brought in from abroad, some enthusiasts have been known to turn their own apartments into arms factories, selling the finished firearms for a huge profit.