Chi­nese cities de­stroy tens of thou­sands of il­le­gal guns, ex­plo­sives

Global Times US Edition - - CHINA - By Guo Yuan­dan in Wuhan and Deng Xiaoci in Bei­jing Page Ed­i­tor: leng­[email protected]­al­times.com.cn

Over 100,000 il­le­gal guns, in­clud­ing those used by the US mil­i­tary and po­lice, and ex­plo­sives were de­stroyed on Mon­day by po­lice in 154 Chi­nese cities.

The events were held in key venues in­clud­ing Wuhan, cap­i­tal of Cen­tral China’s Hubei Prov­ince, Shenyang in North­east China’s Liaon­ing Prov­ince, Fuzhou in East China’s Fu­jian Prov­ince, Yulin in South China’s Guangxi Zhuang Au­ton­o­mous Re­gion and Luzhou in South­west China’s Sichuan Prov­ince.

Sim­i­lar events were held in 149 other Chi­nese cities. They were held to “se­cure the grand cel­e­bra­tion of the found­ing an­niver­sary of the Peo­ple’s Repub­lic of China this year,” the Min­istry of Public Se­cu­rity an­nounced on Mon­day.

A Global Times reporter in Wuhan no­ticed nine of the il­le­gal guns were the same type used by US po­lice of­fi­cers and the mil­i­tary.

The il­le­gal weapons de­stroyed on Mon­day were ei­ther con­fis­cated or turned over to the po­lice across the coun­try since last year. They in­clude 107,000 il­le­gal air guns and shot­guns and a large cache of ex­plo­sives, in­clud­ing dy­na­mite and det­o­na­tors.

Pri­vate own­er­ship of guns is strictly pro­hib­ited in China.

Mon­day’s events were the sec­ond of its kind af­ter the coun­try launched a twoyear cam­paign to crack down on il­le­gal guns and ex­plo­sives in Fe­bru­ary 2018. In Septem­ber 2018, more than 140,000 il­le­gal guns and ex­plo­sives were de­stroyed in 146 cities.

As of press time, po­lice in China had busted 16,000 cases this year in­volv­ing il­le­gal guns and ex­plo­sives, cracked down on 163 crim­i­nal gangs and 117 crim­i­nal “dens,” and han­dled 17,000 crim­i­nal sus­pects.

Of­fi­cial po­lice data shows that the num­ber of cases in­volv­ing il­le­gal guns and ex­plo­sives in China has dropped by 20 per­cent year-on-year between Jan­uary and July.

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