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Police Taskforce Arrests People with Firearms Ahead of Elections

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Police Taskforce Arrests People with Firearms Ahead of Elections

Thai police have arrested 23 suspects who allegedly sold pistols and ammunition in nationwide raids ahead of next week’s elections for Tambon administrative organizations.

Last week, the deputy national police chief and head of the Police Cyber Task Force, Gen. Damrongsak Kittipraphat, said that police nationwide raided 31 target locations and arrested 23 people with illegal firearms.

According to police chief Suwat Jangyodsuk, the officers searched targeted locations for illegal firearms.

On top of the illegal firearms, ammunition was also seized, as well as one explosive item and 9,902 meth pills.

According to reports, the suspects admitted they owned the seized items and firearms. Police said the firearms owners said the pistols were purchased for self-defense and for collection purposes.

Police said the crackdown is meant to prevent violence ahead of the local elections on Nov 28.

Pol General Damrongsak said BB weapons cannot be sold, because if modified, they can be used with real ammunition.

Autorities checked to see whether the BB guns were modified and whether the suspects were licensed to carry them.

They could be jailed for up to one month, fined up to 1,000 baht, or both if they fail to obtain a permit.

Furthermore, owners of BB guns who convert them into firearms can face up to ten years in jail and or a fine of 2,000 to 20,000 baht for possessing weapons without permission.


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