SHAH ALAM: Police have seized 88 airsoft rifles and pistols, two airsoft weapons that have been modified to shoot live ammunition and a real pistol.
Selangor CID chief Senior Asst Comm Datuk Fadzil Ahmat said the weapons were sold by a man and a woman via social media to hobbyists.
"We first arrested a man on Feb 20 which led us to the arrest of another man and a woman four days later," he said adding that when they arrested the two, they seized six airsoft pistols and two rifles as well as live ammunition.
He said investigations revealed that modifications would be made to the airsoft weapons that would allow them to shoot live ammunition.
"The finished products were sold all over Malaysia for between RM5,000 and RM10,000 for pistols and rifles respectively.
"We immediately set up a task force and managed to arrest 43 suspects including four women," he told reporters at Selangor police headquarters adding that 18 were arrested in Selangor followed by five in Perak, four in Kuala Lumpur and four in Kedah.
He said they also seized one firearm, two modified airsoft weapons capable of firing live rounds, 57 airsoft pistols, 31 airsoft rifles, 10 explosive devices, and three hand grenades as well as 1,355 rounds of live ammunition.
"16 of the suspects arrested in Selangor have already been charged in court while two other investigation papers were still being probed further.
"Based on our investigations the man arrested on Feb 24 was an expert at modifying these weapons and had the weapons and parts shipped by a third party from a neighbouring country," he said adding that the live ammunition was acquired locally.
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