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City police catch 21 for trading fake guns

SHANGHAI police said yesterday that they had caught 21 people selling or buying replica guns and had confiscated an undisclosed quantity of the guns.

Most of the guns, some the same size as real guns and complete with metal shot, were sold via the Internet, police said.

Police say they have zero tolerance of gun-related crimes. But websites dedicated to replica gun sales remain plentiful on the Internet and are easily found through search engines.

Police learned of the latest case in June when they found a resident surnamed Xu purchasing replica guns, bullets and accessories through the Internet and contacted the seller on the phone.

Xu hid the replica guns and bullets at an underground garage and sold them through cyber communities catering to weapon fans.

After months of investigation, police identified a chain of suspects and busted the ring, led by Xu and a man surnamed Zhao. Sixteen buyers were caught as well.

This year, over 150 people have been caught by police for gun-related crimes.

Also, more than 12,000 slot machines were confiscated at 1,700 illegal gambling hide-outs in Shanghai so far this year, police said.


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