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/ China/ SocietyOnline gun-selling network busted in ChinaUpdated: 2012-10-19 08:33( Xinhua)Comments() Print Mail Large Medium Small A policeman stands guard as illegal firearms are set on fire in Taizhou, Zhejiang province in this June 12, 2012 file photo. [Photo by Pan Kanjun/Asianewsphoto]
BEIJING – Chinese police have busted a serious online gun and ammunition-selling network, according to an announcement by the Ministry of Public Security (MPS) on Thursday.
Under the direct command of the MPS, 29 provincial police departments recently conducted joint operations in the case, arresting over 530 suspects and confiscating more than 1,000 guns, over 10,000 bullets and a large quantity of accessories, the MPS said.
China enforces an extremely strict policy on gun control, as private citizens are forbidden from owning and selling firearms.
Since March 2012, the police found that a number of people were selling guns through an online forum named “beifanglianmeng,” or “northern union.” Investigations showed that the forum had over 80,000 registered members who spread across 29 provincial regions. Some 900 of the members came under suspicion for selling guns and ammunition.
The ministry attached great importance to the case, and after months of careful investigation, the police found abundant evidence of criminality.
On September 25, the ministry commanded police departments in the 29 provincial regions to arrest the suspects and destroy the gun-selling network.
An unidentified official from the MPS said the number of gun crime cases has decreased after a series of special campaigns, adding that the police will continue to crack down on gun crime in order to safeguard peoples lives and property.8.03KRelated StoriesCivilized law enforcement urged for congress securityAwareness of food securityHoax threats prompt calls for better securityShanghai tightens security after Federer death threatChina, US hold annual maritime security meetingPhotoModeling contest part of China-US exchangeSpecially fertilized teaSimulator to support A320neo commissionedChinas cultural sector sees steady growth in 2011 Travel chaos after snowstorm hits NE ChinaInflation expected to rebound in NovemberGrain output grows for 9th consecutive yearWhite House-like buildings in E China city More China NewsOfficial probed after Web photos emerge3 detained for intruding at military compoundGuangdong to roll out anti-graft pilot projectPolice catch alleged jewel thiefWeb users peer into top courtAll Chinese nationals detained in Sri Lanka releasedMore World NewsJapans general election campaign kicks offPutin: Russia not advocate of Syrian govtObama warns of Syria over chemical weaponsUKs Prince William and Kate expecting a babyWH dismisses GOPs fiscal cliff proposalDPRK urged to halt launch planMost ViewedTodays Top NewsChinese Nobel laureate to receive award in SwedenBigger global role for RMB in 2013DPRK urged to halt rocket planHousing prices rise for sixth monthAdvocates call for euthanasia lawChina makes headway in lowering carbon intensityEmission target set to be met…Editors PicksModeling contest part of China-US exchangeSpecially fertilized tea Japans general election campaign kicks offReuters images of the year 2012 – Festival 2012 Year in Review: Moments at London GamesJames wins Sports Illustrated annual awardHot TopicsCPC National Congress,Mo Yan, Bogu Kailai, Diaoyu Islands, iPhone, Yao Ming, Sun Yang, Li Na, Liu Xiang, shenzhou, taiwan, hiv, school bus, house, hk, rare earth, food safetySpecial Coverage18th CPC National CongressDiaoyu Islands Disputes President Hu attends APEC SummitCPC EncyclopediaVideoSlidePodcastPicturesTHE WEEK Nov 30: Black FridayBeijing NGO promotes rapid HIV test in gay communitySlide: Mans best friendAnnual Santa Run in UK
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