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Tuesday 20th March 2018

China’s Crackdown on Illegal Firearms

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7Dnews London

Tue, 13 Aug 2019 20:47 GMT

China destroyed over 100,000 "illegal" guns and explosives in 154 cities across the country on Monday, August 12th, state media said.

The destroyed guns and explosives were confiscated by police or turned over to the police voluntarily by their holders over the last year, according to Reuters.

In total 107,000 illegal items including air guns, shotguns and a large amount of explosives, including dynamite and detonators were destroyed as part of a ceremony organised across the country by the country's ministry of public security, state media stated.

Monday's mass destruction of guns in China comes at a time when the US, China's chief economic rival, has just experienced several mass shootings which have shocked the nations and led to a rise in popular support for more controls on gun ownership.

Private gun ownership in China is strictly forbidden which helps to explain why the country has a very low rate of gun violence.


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