China to crack down on online gun trade

Source: XinhuaEditor: Ouyang
2016-08-12 21:48

BEIJING, Aug. 12 (Xinhua) -- Chinese police have launched a nationwide campaign against the selling of guns online, the Ministry of Public Security (MPS) announced Friday.

The MPS said police will strengthen the scrutiny of logistics companies that might be involved in gun delivery and crack down on illegal Internet websites, forums, and instant messaging services that facilitate the online gun trade.

Police have also taken resolute action against criminal offences such as manufacturing, selling and possessing guns. More than 80,000 suspects were apprehended in about 9,000 gun dealing cases from 2011 to 2015, according to the MPS.

China bans the manufacturing and sale of guns in order to control violent crime. Private citizens are not allowed to own guns. According to Chinese law, a person can face up to seven years' imprisonment if convicted of illegally owning a gun.

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