Police seize 60 suspects in on-line ‘ghost guns’ sting

Mass shootings and gun violence are sweeping over Thailand as firearm misuse continues to make headlines daily. A nationwide sting has netted sixty one suspects and seized one hundred forty five firearms together with virtually 9,000 rounds of ammunition, part of a countrywide operation to stamp out the web unlawful arms commerce.
New national police chief Pol Gen Damrongsak Kittiprapas marked his first official day on the job on Saturday by asserting the results of “Ghost Guns Operation, Season 2“.
Gen Damrongsak said that there had been an increase in crime involving use of weapons, either to assault or threaten others, or as part of robberies. There was, he mentioned, no worry of the legislation.

Recent police investigations found that many guns used in crimes had been bought on-line. The common cited a recent shootout at a restaurant in downtown Ubon Ratchathani, together with the unintentional discharge of a student’s gun in school that killed a pal in Nonthaburi.
Ranked as Southeast Asia’s second most-dangerous nation by means of gun crime after the Philippines, Thailand recorded 2,351 firearms deaths in 2019 – approximately 31 p.c larger than the numbers for Pakistan, a rustic routinely described as “war-torn” and alleged house of hundreds of terrorists.
Officers from the CIB and the Crime Suppression Division (CSD) have been despatched to go looking 126 areas in 50 provinces seeking these concerned in the unlawful arms commerce, stated chief Damrongsak.
Over 60 suspects have been detained. Eight had been already wished on illegal firearms warrants.
Officers seized 10,000 items, together with 145 weapons, 9,000 rounds of ammunition and varied gun elements. Four of the seized firearms were assault weapons.
About one in ten individuals in Thailand legally own a gun. There are more than six million registered guns in thecountry with a population of sixty six.7 million. The complete variety of weapons, each licit and illicit, held by Thai civilians in 2017 was 10,300,000, equating to 15.1 firearms per a hundred inhabitants. Comparable figures for the opposite ASEAN nations are: Cambodia 4.5 per one hundred inhabitants, Philippines three.6, Singapore zero.three, and Vietnam 1.6.
Pol Lt Gen Jirabhop Bhuridej, the CIB commissioner, mentioned the investigations took several months as there are numerous networks selling firearms online.

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