Yangon, Burma, September 02, 2014 --(PR.com
)-- On August 9, 2014 the Myanmar Police announced that air guns were illegal under the Arms Act 19 (F) 1978 and Section 8 of the Export and Import Law 2012. Also, on that date the Myanmar Police announced in local newspapers one arrest in Tamway Township of Yangon and the seizing of 104 air guns and related accessories. The Ministry of Home Affairs announced on the same date that the possession of air guns is illegal in Myanmar and all air guns must be turned in to local police stations before September 5th, 2014.
On 30 August, 2014 Phoenix Elite Security Services™ in Yangon assisted in the turn in of over 52 air guns and related replica and toy guns to the Botataung Police Station. Police weapons experts examined the air guns and determined that most were toys purchased legally at local stores and therefor were legal to possess. However, two air guns were determined to be too authentic looking and could give the impression that they were real firearms and these two were deemed illegal for possession under Myanmar law. The owner of the air guns voluntarily surrendered all of the plastic and metal guns to the police and was thanked for coming forward to turn in the guns. Police Lieutenant Zaw Naing Htut said, “The turning in of these toys that look real will reduce crime and ensure safety.”
Mark Wilson, Managing Director of Phoenix Elite Security Services™ said, “We were asked by a local foreign businessman to assist him in liaison with Botataung Police in order to carry out his civic duty and relinquish these air-soft guns according to the law. He did so voluntarily and was thanked by the police for helping to make Yangon safer. We congratulate this businessman for his actions.”
According to the Myanmar Police, plastic, spring operated air-soft guns fire a small plastic ball. Other models that are operated by batteries or compressed air can fire glass or metal balls and can kill people at close range.