MIRI, (April 23) – Police have seized more than 10 homemade shotguns and homemade airguns in the first four months of this year, mostly in rural and interior areas.
Miri police chief, ACP Gan Tian Kee said the number of cases is alarming as the handmade guns could be used to commit crimes although the original purpose was for hunting animals.
“Such cases are prevalent in Sarawak and Sabah. Many homemade gun owners did not know that making and possessing homemade guns is an offence,” he told reporters, in Miri, Wednesday.
Gan reminded the homemade gun owners that they could face two years jail and fine under Section 506 of the Penal Code for making the guns.
“Homemade gun owners also face seven years jail and a fine not more than RM10,000 under Section 8 (a) of the Firearms Act for not possessing a licence or permit.”
The latest case was on Tuesday with the arrest of two men for possessing two homemade shotguns, four homemade airguns and two rounds of ammunition.
“The arrests of the local men aged 22 to 40 years at 3.05pm were made in a raid on a house in Kampung Sebalik Bekenu led by Inspector Nasrul Hadi Jahat, ” the police chief said.
Gan advised all homemade gun owners to surrender the guns to the police as soon as possible to avoid legal action.
In another case, the police seized electronic items worth RM237,382, believed stolen, in a raid at 4:35 pm on Monday.
“Police arrested five suspects, three men and two women, aged 23 to 54 years as the electrical items are believed to have been stolen from a premise in Senadin,” he said. –BERNAMA