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Man arrested for illegally remodeling airsoft guns

2018/04/04 21:14:42

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Taipei, April 4 (CNA) Tainan City police on Tuesday arrested a local man for remodeling airsoft guns so they can fire live ammunition, a police statement said.

The 43-year-old man, identified only by his surname Chou (周), was apprehended at his rented residence in the southern Taiwan city by police with a search warrant on Tuesday, according to the police statement released Wednesday.

Police also seized four remodeled firearms, 18 bullets, 4.8 grams of gunpowder and a tool kit for gun remodeling, as well as 6.8 grams of amphetamine and inhalers.

The raid was launched based on evidence collected by police during an investigation targeting Chou, who has a history of drug and gun-related violations, the statement said.

Chou was found to have purchased model guns at stores selling gear for airsoft games and remodeled them before testing the weapons on the bank of Jianan Canal.

During interrogation, the man confessed to being interested in guns but said remodeling firearms was a hobby, denying he had sold any remodeled weapons or used them to harm people, police said.

Chou has been taken to the Tainan District Prosecutors Office for further investigation on charges of violating the Controlling Guns, Ammunition and Knives Act and the Narcotics Hazard Prevention Act.

In Taiwan the law prohibits the manufacture, sale, transportation, possession, storage and display of firearms and ammunition without a permit.

(By Chang Jung-hsiang and Elizabeth Hsu)
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