Monday, August 19, 2013

Firearms openly sold via Facebook

They are not only cheap but easily available. This is the picture portrayed on two Facebook accounts found to be selling firearms openly in Malaysia.

A check found that a Facebook account claimed to offer a range of pistols, revolvers and assault rifles for between RM500 and RM15,000.

The list of weapons for sale on the account included AK-47 assault rifles at RM12,000, Smith & Wesson pistols at RM500 and revolvers with two boxes of ammunition at RM15,000.

Another Facebook account declared that it could offer about 10 types of firearms, among them E&C M16A4, Tercel M1911 airsoft gun and S&T Mosin Nagant Gas Rifle (Real Wood) for between RM600 and RM1,250, resembling real weapons.

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The Facebook account was opened in February and received 688 “likes” and showed 141 browsers having an ongoing discussion on the weapons.

The account owner also boldly provided a mobile phone number and responded to a text message.

The discovery of these two Facebook accounts raises a host of questions about how easy it is to buy firearms via the Internet, especially in the present scenario of an increasing trend in fatal shootings reported lately.

Last month alone, there were three shootings. Teacher Mat Zaki Hashim, 35, was critically injured when he was shot in the neck on July 5 near Kampung Kubang Panjang, Pasir Mas, Kelantan.

Then, on July 28, Mywatch chairman R. Sri Sanjeevan was left fighting for his life after being shot by two gunmen on a motorcycle in Taman Cempaka, Bahau, Negri Sembilan, and a day later, AmBank founder Hussain Ahmad Najadi became the third victim when he was shot dead while coming out of a temple with his wife at Lorong Ceylon, in Kuala Lumpur.

Asked to comment on the Facebook accounts, Kuala Lumpur CID chief Datuk Ku Chin Wah said the police would investigate the matter thoroughly under Section 11 of the Firearms Act.

“Selling firearms without a licence is a serious offence,” he said.

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