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Police confiscate guns

POLICE had confiscated close to 53,000 guns by the end of last month since launching a nationwide crackdown in March this year, the Ministry of Public Security said yesterday.

The ministry added that 9,849 suspects involved in gun crimes were punished in the period.

The ministry said the crackdown would continue until the National Day celebration on October 1. The crackdown is part of the ministry's campaign to maintain public stability ahead of the 60th anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China.

Police also confiscated more than 2 million bullets and 120,000 imitation guns, it said.

About 12 percent of all guns confiscated were seized in Hainan Province while about 17 percent of the confiscated bullets came from Henan Province, the ministry said.

Guangdong Province seized 34,690 imitation guns, 25 percent of the total.

About 60 percent of the guns confiscated by police were handed in by people voluntarily, the ministry said.

Meanwhile, the ministry urged police departments around the country to remain vigilant on gun crime.


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