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China toughens control over guns, explosives

Updated: Mar 1,2016 2:07 PM     Xinhua

BEIJING — Chinese police have launched a nationwide campaign against gun and explosives crime ahead of the annual parliamentary session later this week.

In a video conference on Feb 29, the Ministry of Public Security said this year’s campaign will target those who sell and buy guns and explosives online or participate in production. Websites and services providers involved will be held responsible.

The ministry will confiscate any guns and explosives found to be held by individuals. In China it is illegal for ordinary residents to own firearms or explosives.

Gun and explosives crimes in 2015 fell by 42.7 percent and 5.6 percent respectively.

Vice Minister Huang Ming ordered police to tighten checks in the exit-entry sector and delivery services to “cut the channels for the trafficking and flow of guns and explosives.”