KOTA KINABALU: A gunsmith with over 20 years of experience and a soldier were among eight people held for possessing homemade firearms and bullets in Ranau district.Sabah deputy police commissioner Datuk Zaini Jass said the suspects, aged between 30 and 80, included sellers and suppliers of the illegal firearms. They were picked up in raids on Aug 6 and 7, he added.
“These raids 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 yesterday.
He said this is among the largest seizure of homemade and fake firearms so far.
In the first raid in Kampung Kinaratuan, they detained two men, including a 42-year-old gunsmith, and in the second, they arrested four men from several villages.
The four were picked up from Kampung Tanah Merah, Kampung Kapatahan Bundu Tuhan, Kampung Debut and Kampung Lohan Ulu in Ranau.
“We made a third raid on Aug 7 where two more suspects, including a soldier based at the Lok Kawi camp, were nabbed, ” he added.
DCP Zaini said investigations revealed that the gunsmith had been making and repairing guns for the past 25 years.
“The suspect claimed to have sold more than 150 bakakuk priced between RM800 and RM2, 800 each, depending on the design and quality of the weapon, ” he said.
He said the suspect also said he had made and sold four units of imitation pistols and four revolvers priced between RM2, 000 and RM2, 500 each.
DCP Zaini said there will be continuous operations to seize illegal weapons and urged those who have these firearms to surrender them to the police.
Also present during the press conference was Special Branch chief Senior Asst Comm Datuk Suhaimi Deraman.
The case is being investigated under the Firearms (Increased Penalties) Act 1971, which carries the death penalty or life imprisonment upon conviction.