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Homemade Guns Handed In
31 October 2016
In an effort to improve security and public order in Prey Veng province, police on Saturday managed to convince many local residents to hand in their homemade guns, according to the National Police website.
Lieutenant Colonel Soun Sam Oeun, the Kampong Trabek district police chief, told Khmer Times that police spoke with residents throughout the district about illegal gun possession, saying the guns often malfunctioned and injured or killed their owners. Those who wanted to then handed in their guns.
"We have received 24 homemade guns that use ball-bearing bullets for hunting wild birds and animals," Lt. Col. Sam Oeun said. "The guns not only negatively impact humans and animals, but are also illegal."
He added that local authorities were concerned about people keeping the guns and their possible use in an argument.
"However, my district has never experienced any crime caused by the use of homemade guns by local people," he said.
In August, authorities in Rattanakiri province collected 11 homemade guns from local people, weapons that are often used to kill endangered animals.