KOTA KINABALU: A total of eight people have been nabbed by the police in the Ranau district for possessing homemade firearms and bullets.
A seasoned gunsmith of over 20 years of experience and a soldier were among the eight nabbed for possessing homemade firearms and bullets in Ranau district recently.
Sabah Deputy Commissioner of Police Datuk Zaini Jass said the people detained were buyers and sellers aged between 30 and 80, and all were detained in raids conducted on Aug 6 and Aug 7.
“This raid led to the seizure of four bakakuk (homemade guns), an airgun and an imitation pistol, about 1, 225 pellets and about 256 bullet shells, ” he said at a press conference here on Tuesday (Aug 13).
He said this was one of the police's largest seizures of homemade and fake firearms so far.
Zaini said two men were nabbed in the first raid in Kampung Kinaratuan, one of whom was a 42-year-old gunsmith.
He said four other men were picked up from various villages in the second raid.
They were picked up from Kg Tanah Merah, Kg Kapatahan Bundu Tuhan, Kg Debut and Kg Lohan Ulu in Ranau.
“Following that, we made a third raid on Aug 7 where two more suspects, including a member of the army based in the Lok Kawi base camp, were nabbed, ” he said.
Zaini said an investigation revealed that the gunsmith had been active in making and repairing guns for the past 25 years.
“The suspect claimed to have sold more than 150 bakakuk which were priced between RM800 and RM2, 800 each, depending on the design and quality of the weapon, ” he said.
He added that the suspect also said he had made and sold four imitation pistols and four revolvers priced between RM2, 000 and RM2, 500 each.
Zaini said there would be continuous raids on illegal weapons and urged those who had these firearms to surrender them.
Also present during the press conference was Special Branch chief SAC Datuk Suhaimi Deraman.
The cases from the raids are being investigated under the Firearms (Increased Penalties) Act 1971, which carries the death penalty or life imprisonment upon conviction.