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Man to be charged for importing pellet guns


Man to be charged for Importing Pellet Guns

Police would like to advise the public against bringing pellet and other prohibited toy guns into Singapore without proper authorisation.
There has been an increase in the number of such cases detected recently. One man will be charged in court tomorrow (10 Apr 2007) for illegally bringing into Singapore twenty sets of pellet guns and failing to declare them at the baggage screening area of Budget Terminal, Changi Airport. These pellet guns are also commonly known as airsoft or BB guns.
The 58-year-old Singaporean man was directed by ICA officers to have his baggage screened when his flight from China arrived at Terminal 2 of Changi Airport in the early morning of 14 February 2007.
When asked, the man did not declare any items. Subsequent screening revealed images that appeared to be guns within his baggage. A physical check of his check-in carton revealed 20 sets of pellet guns and 5 bottles of pellets. He was subsequently detained for investigation.
Police investigated a total of 38 cases involving airsoft guns in 2006. Since the beginning of this year (2007), Police have investigated 21 such cases. Most of these airsoft guns were detected at the airport and other checkpoints, as well as the Singapore Post Centre.
Though such airsoft guns may be treated as toys in other countries, their improper use may result in injuries to persons and damage to property. Such imitation arms which often look like real weapons can also be used in the commission of offences.
Police would like to remind the public that importation of airsoft guns is an offence both under the Regulation of Imports and Exports Regulations and the Arms & Explosives Act.
Anyone wishing to import airsoft guns must seek prior approval from the Arms & Explosives Branch.
Importation without approval or a licence is an offence which is punishable with a fine not exceeding $100,000 under the Regulation of Imports and Exports Regulations or to a fine not exceeding $10,000 and imprisonment for a term not exceeding 3 years under the Arms & Explosives Act. Travellers having such airsoft guns will have to declare and surrender these items at the checkpoints.
The possession of such airsoft guns in Singapore without a licence constitutes an offence under the Arms & Explosives Act, punishable with a fine not exceeding $5,000 and imprisonment for a term not exceeding 3 years.
It is also an offence for anyone to import or export, via parcel post, any arms or explosives or any parts of arms or explosives. Anyone caught doing this may be prosecuted in Court for an offence of importing or exporting any arms or explosives under section 13 (1) of the Arms & Explosives Act, Chapter 13.
If convicted, the offender will be liable to imprisonment not exceeding 3 years and fined up to S$10,000.
For more details, please contact Police Licensing Division at 68350000 or email at Alternatively, correspondences can also be sent to:

Arms & Explosives Branch
Police Licensing Division
391 New Bridge Road #02-701
Police Cantonment Complex
Singapore 088762
Fax: 62234704

09 April 2007 @2.00pm

Source: Media Release 9 Apr 2007

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