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Thailand,Cambodia

Smuggled Military Weapons Seized Near Thai-Cambodian Border

18 April 2018

Nation (Bangkok)

Thai authorities have arrested a man suspected of smuggling illegal weapons from Cambodia to Thailand, according to Cambodian National Police. On Tuesday night, Thai authorities intercepted a vehicle at a checkpoint in Klaing Yai district, in Thailand's Trat province, about 50 kilometres from Cambodia's Cham Yeam checkpoint, a Cambodian National Police website announcement reads. The weapons seized included two that appear to be Chinese-made Type-95 assault rifles,... (GunPolicy.org)

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Thailand,Cambodia

Cambodia, Thailand Investigate Arms Smuggling

23 June 2017

Khmer Times

Cambodia and Thailand are now working together to investigate weapons being smuggled from Cambodia to Myanmar via Thailand after a cache was recently confiscated by the Thai military in Thailand's Trat province. Speaking at the inauguration for the new provincial governor in border province Koh Kong on Friday, Interior Minister Sar Kheng said National Police Commissioner General Neth Savoeun was working with Thailand's Police Commissioner General to investigate the... (GunPolicy.org)

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Thailand

Firearm Smuggling on the Thai-Cambodian Border

20 June 2017

ASEAN Today

Cambodia's Defense Ministry may have blood on their hands. The Thai media have claimed they are directly involved in arms smuggling. The Thai media made the claims after Thai authorities found a weapons cache in a vehicle in the Trat province of Thailand. They assert that the weapons may be linked to Cambodian Defense Minister, Tea Banh. The Cambodian Defense Ministry are investigating the issue. However, the recent spate of arrests suggests that the problem is not... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: ASEAN Today

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Thailand

Police Dismantle Massive Online Gun Market in Thailand

18 September 2016

Bangkok Post

Police have cracked a massive online market in firearms, including high-powered war weapons and assault equipment, in a series of lightning raids across the country. In early morning action on Saturday on 76 locations in many provinces, a combined taskforce of officers from three police divisions detained 20 suspects and seized 141 firearms. The raids were launched after it emerged that teenage students were buying firearms through social media and then committing... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Bangkok Post

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United Kingdom,Thailand,Philippines,Finland,Honduras,Mexico,United States

US Gun Smugglers Illegally Sent Firearms to 46 Countries

16 March 2016

Washington Post

Arms trafficking from within the United States, long thought to be relegated to gun-running for Mexican drug cartels, is far more extensive than previously thought, according to a new report by a weapons research group released Wednesday. The report, published by the Geneva-based Small Arms Survey, examines more than 150 court cases involving arms trafficking from within the United States from 2010-2015. Spanning 46 countries and six continents, the report details... (GunPolicy.org)

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Thailand

A Look at Thailand's Fervent Gun Culture

19 February 2016

Deutsche Welle

Widely known as a welcoming tourist destination, Thailand is also a country awash with easily obtainable firearms, featuring one of the highest gun homicide rates in Asia. DW examines why gun ownership remains so high. Thailand has the highest reported rate of gun-related deaths in Southeast Asia - almost 50 percent more gun homicides than the Philippines. And with 7.48 registered violent gun deaths per 100,000 people, the figure is also twice as high as that of the... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Deutsche Welle

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Thailand

More Than 1,600 Guns Seized by Police in Thailand

30 July 2014

Bangkok Post

Two of four men suspected of being involved in violent attacks against anti-government protesters have been arrested on firearms-related charges, police said. Nattapan Bangla, 40, and Charoen Promchart, 38, were caught on Monday, four days after the military court issued a warrant for their arrest. Krissada Chaikahe and Phasanai Panat, the two others named in the same warrant, are still on the loose. Mr Krissada is also wanted on a warrant approved by the Criminal... (GunPolicy.org)

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Thailand

34,350 Seized Guns Destroyed by Royal Thai Police

15 July 2014

National News Bureau of Thailand (NNT)

BANGKOK - The Royal Thai Police destroyed 34,000 guns today under the exacting watch of an Inspector General who gave assurances that none of the confiscated weapons will again be used to commit any crimes. Pol Lt Gen Chaiya Siriamphankul, Deputy Chief of the Inspector General's Office, oversaw the inspection and destruction of the weapons in a process that was finalized today. Over 34,350 guns that were seized in cases judged by the courts from year 2000 to 2013,... (GunPolicy.org)

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Thailand

1,996 Seized in Thailand

30 June 2014

Voice of America, Reuters

BANGKOK — Thailand's National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) on June 29 displayed tons of illegal ammunition and weapons, mainly confiscated by military task forces across Thailand between May 22 and June 25. The NCPO said both the military and police task forces took part in raids to seize the weapons. "Jakrapob Penkair was one of the many people who are found to have been behind the [underground] movement and are involved with these weapons," said Police... (GunPolicy.org)

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Malaysia,Thailand

Thai, Malay Authorities Combine to Combat Gun Smuggling, Cross-Border Crime

26 June 2014

Borneo Post

BUKIT KAYU HITAM - The Border Intelligence Unit (BIU) at the Malaysian-Thai border, set up by the federal police headquarters in Bukit Aman last year, has seen a string of successes against cross-border crime. Since the BIU, under Bukit Aman's Criminal Investigation Department was set up, its intelligence network has been intensified at areas suspected to the haunts of cross-border criminals. Inspector-General of Police (IGP) Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar said the BIU's... (GunPolicy.org)

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Norway,Canada,United States,Italy,Kazakhstan,Thailand,Germany,Russia,United Kingdom

Kalashnikov Small Arms Production in Russia More Than Doubles in 2014

28 April 2014

RIA Novosti (Russia)

MOSCOW – The Kalashnikov Concern produced 230 percent more small arms weapons in the first quarter of this year than in the year-ago period, the company's press service told RIA Novosti Monday. "In the first three months of the year we had a record-high volume production of small arms in the amount of 31,000 items, which makes 41 percent of the total output of similar products for 2013," the company said. "The current results are 230 percent higher than those in the... (GunPolicy.org)

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Thailand

Thai Teen Shoots, Kills Family Over Sibling Rivalry

12 March 2014

Nation (Bangkok)

A 19-year-old boy has allegedly confessed to shooting dead his parents and younger brother after he tried and failed to pass the blame on to the dead sibling, according to police. Pol Colonel Sunthorn Himarat, a superintendent at Pathum Thani Police Headquarters, yesterday said the suspect made the confession in the face of solid evidence. "Recordings from a closed-circuit TV system show the suspect turned off all eight security cameras at home where three... (GunPolicy.org)

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Thailand,Myanmar,Nepal,India,South Asia,Bangladesh,China

Smuggling of China-Made Weapons Highlights Bangladesh as Transit Point

4 February 2014

al Jazeera

A recent court verdict in Bangladesh in a case almost 10 years old has brought into focus the continuing scourge of weapons-smuggling from China into South Asia. A judge in the Bangladesh port city of Chittagong last week sentenced 14 men to death for their role in what was an aborted bid to smuggle in 1,500 boxes of weapons that needed ten trucks to carry. Among those sentenced were a prominent Bangladesh opposition leader, Motiur Rahman Nizami, several top... (GunPolicy.org)

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Thailand

Mother-in-Law Admits Hiring Gunman to Kill Thai Olympic Shooter

11 November 2013

Global Times (China)

Mother-in-law of Thailand's former national sports shooter Jakkrit Panitpatikam confessed on Monday to being the mastermind behind his assassination. Surang Duangjinda told police that she hired a gunman to kill Jakkrit last month because she could not tolerate seeing her daughter abused by the sharp shooter for six years. She insisted that her daughter was unaware of the plan. Jakkrit and his wife had reportedly lived apart since July after the shooter was arrested... (GunPolicy.org)

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Thailand

New Gun, Security Guard Laws in Thailand Aim to Boost Tourist Safety

1 November 2013

Phuket News / Phuket Gazette

PHUKET - Gun owners with permission to carry their weapons in public may no longer do so in tourist areas, it was announced on Tuesday. The order issued by the Royal Thai Police applies nationwide and is part of an ongoing effort to improve tourist safety. Carrying guns in tourist areas or in areas where crowds gather is no longer allowed, Patong Police Deputy Superintendent Akanit Danpitaksat said, adding that plain clothes officers would be looking for firearms... (GunPolicy.org)

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Thailand,Malaysia

Malay Police Seize 1,000 Guns in Five Years, Gun Smuggling Continues

23 October 2013

Sun Daily (Malaysia)

KUALA LUMPUR - The Home Ministry (KDN) has established a new standard operating procedure (SOP) to address the problem of lost firearms, the Dewan Rakyat was told today. Deputy Home Minister Datuk Dr Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar said the SOP would also ensure stern action would be taken against police personnel who were negligent in leaving their firearms in their cars. "The SOP is different from the past. It will address the problem in accordance with the current... (GunPolicy.org)

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India,Myanmar,North Korea,Bangladesh,Nepal,China,Thailand

Arrest May Prove 'China Link' in Supply of Arms to India Insurgents

3 September 2013

Nagaland Post (India)

NEW DELHI - In a significant breakthrough that could provide the first evidence of alleged Chinese involvement in supply of arms to Indian insurgent outfits, Thailand on Saturday picked up a key middleman whose identity had been disclosed by arrested NSCN (I-M) operative Anthony Shimray. Indian Express report stated that Willy Naruenartwanicha, referred to as Willy Narue by Shimray, is a Thai national and was picked up at India's request. According to Shimray, Willy... (GunPolicy.org)

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Thailand

In Thailand: Gun Laws Strict But Ownership High

8 August 2013

Straits Times (Singapore)

"Call me Dev," he said. He looked straight out of a Bollywood film - stocky, confident, with a shaven head and a pink open-necked shirt. Dev is a salesman at a shop on Thailand's gun row, Wang Burapha road, which features a string of shops selling a range of guns and accessories. The guns are two to three times more expensive than those in the United States. "Only rich people buy guns here," said Dev. Rich people, and The Royal Thai Police. In what has long been a... (GunPolicy.org)

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Thailand,Malaysia

Guns for Hire and Bullets for Cheap, Says Malaysian Crime Watchdog

5 August 2013

Yahoo News (Singapore) / Malay Mail

PETALING JAYA — Guns are rented out for less than a night's stay at a local five-star hotel while bullets are sold cheaper than a bottle of water, crime watchdog MyWatch co-founder S. Gobi Krishnan alleged yesterday as the nation continues to be stunned by the proliferation of shootings. Yesterday, a 44-year-old businessman was shot dead in a drive-by shooting in Kota Kinabalu, bringing the number of gun-related incidents to eight in as many days — including a... (GunPolicy.org)

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Thailand,Malaysia

Only $4 to Buy a Gun in Malaysia, Cops Say Smuggling is 'Rampant'

7 July 2013

AsiaOne

MALAYSIA - The abolition of Malaysia's Emergency Ordinance in 2011 has put many former detainees on the streets, and some of them are selling guns to criminals. A former gangster told The Star that it is easy for someone to buy a gun by working with former criminals who have links with illegal firearm suppliers in the Malaysian-Thai border town of Sungai Golok. The 40-year-old from Seremban, who didn't want to be named, said these former detainees returned to their... (GunPolicy.org)

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