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Illegal guns, knives destroyed

MORE than 300 guns and 2,200 illegal knives were destroyed in a steel plant yesterday.

The metal parts were melted down and will be reused, while nonmetallic parts were crushed.

"We got the weapons in three different ways: the public handing them over to us, during routine patrols and after crimes," said Shan Xuewei, an officer with Shanghai police. "Now we are investigating online sales of imitation guns."

Local authorities have seized 308 guns, 13,256 bullets, 343 imitation guns and 2,251 illegal knives so far this year.

Most of the guns and bullets were handed in by individuals and firms.

There have been 18 gun-related crimes this year which led to 26 arrests.


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