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How Many Guns are Legal in Thailand?

The "gun" is one of the weapons most commonly used by criminals to commit crimes in the southern border provinces and in other regions of Thailand.

Isranews Agency (Thailand)

8 December 2012

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Selected statistics from Thai article:

1. How does the Ministry of Interior and related groups currently track gun sales? And from 2007 to 2011 how many guns were reported to be sold (for each category) by gun sellers?

From the information of the Ministry of Interior, there was a measure, 289/2552, on licensing gun shops, gun assembly and repair shops, along with a limit on the amount of guns and ammunition that could be sold. On September 8, (2552), the measure on these limits were implemented:
- Rifle weapons, of every type and every size - no more than 50 per license
- Short guns, of every type and every size - no more than 30 per license
- Ammunition categorized as
i. Bullets, every type, every size - no more than 2,000 shots per license
ii. Shotgun cartridges, every type, every size - no more than 7,500 shots per license
iii. Long rifle cartridges, every type, every size - no more than 10,000 shots per license
iv. Air gun pellets, every type, every size - no more than 30,000 shots per license…

In following the sales of ammunition, other than enforcing measures on the limit per license for shops, licensed shops are also required to report the remaining unsold arms and ammunition to their local registrar monthly, following the format in [ป.8] (Accounting form for reporting total arms and ammunition of the licensee). Additionally there has been an appointment to an audit team for the sales of arms and ammunition that runs monthly checks. Additionally the Ministry of Interior is also running a project [project below]:

The project for electronic registration of arms (e-service) which has been able to track the sales of guns nationwide, from [2550-2554], reported these sales from gun shops, by category:
i. Bullets, every type, every size - 263,272 shots sold
ii. Shotgun cartritdges, every type, every size - 1,218,389 shots sold
iii. Long rifle cartridges, every type, every size - 557,900 shots sold
iv. Air gun ammunition, every type, every size - 1,260,000 shots sold

[Editor's note: original article translated by GunPolicy.org from Thai into English]

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