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Old April 28th, 2013, 23:36   #14
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News article doesn't make it sound like a huge crackdown

Shooter arrest during airgun war

Friday, April 26, 2013

A 47-year-old man was arrested in Tseung Kwan O last night for airgun attacks in the area.

Twelve airguns and a stock of pellets were found at the home of the man named Sin. He is being blamed for damage to water pipes and walls of a residential building opposite his home.

Such offenses can mean up to 14 years in prison and big fines.

The arrest came a day after police nabbed seven men and five women linked to a shop selling airguns modified for a velocity beyond the legal limit.

About 4,000 guns were seized in the raid on a Wan Chai shop and a Chai Wan warehouse. Tests on 700 show illegal velocities.

The owner of the shop, named Cheung, about 40, remains at large while the 12 arrested are being held over illegal arms.

A spokesman for the Hong Kong Airsoft Shooting Association said people buying new airguns often have them adapted immediately to boost stability, accuracy and durability.

Some buyers may also demand a power upgrade, thinking that will help win games, he said. "But increasing the power is meaningless. Winning a game depends on accuracy."

Police arrested a 26-year-old man in February for air-rifle shootings that wounded a teenage girl and a child on an estate in Tin Shui Wai.

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