CHIANG RAI — Police in Chiang Rai’s Thoeng district arrested 28-year-old Prakit Phromma for illegally producing and selling pen guns on online after finding the weapons and ammunition at his houses.
Police were alerted to Mr. Prakit after arresting a 17-year-old man who allegedly ran an facebook shop selling pen guns in Prachuap Khiri Khan’s Hua Hin district.
Police said the teenager told them he bought the guns and ammunition from a Chiang Rai factory house before reselling them to clients.
Prakit Phromma was taken into custody after finding six pen guns with .22 and .38 calibres, 66 bullets with 5.56mm and .22 calibres, eight 13-inch-long springs, 12 abrasive discs, and 15 steel pipes.
In a subsequent search of a close relatives house in the same village, authorities found seven more steel pipes, 17 cut pieces of steel pipes, a grinder, two drills, a pair of locking pliers, and a vice.
As the suspect said he mailed his products to customers who placed orders via Facebook, authorities went to a post office in Plong sub-district and found seven parcels the man had posted. They contained seven pen guns with .22 and .38 calibres and five .22 bullets.
The Facebook “shop” reportedly sold more than 50 guns to customers nationwide, mostly youths, over the past two months.
Both suspects were charged with illegal use of guns for commercial purposes and selling guns to unlicensed buyers.
Pol Col Reuchakorn Jorrajewuth commented that police often found pen guns used in many student brawls that led to serious injuries and death because they were cheap and easy to find on the Internet.