Hong Kong woman facing firearms charge after being arrested carrying stun gun shaped like cigarette lighter

Clifford Lo
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Hong Kong police have arrested a woman and charged her with firearms offences after she was found carrying a stun gun shaped like a cigarette lighter.

The 41-year-old suspect will appear in West Kowloon Court on Friday to face charges over possession of firearms without a licence, according to police.

She was among three people detained in separate instances in Sham Shui Po between October and December last year.

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Police said the woman was arrested in October after the stun gun was found in her possession during a routine stop and search.

Police seized a variety of stun guns during an operation in Sham Shui Po. Photo: Nora Tam
Police seized a variety of stun guns during an operation in Sham Shui Po. Photo: Nora Tam

In Hong Kong, stun guns are classified as firearms and possession of one without a licence carries a maximum penalty of 14 years in jail and a HK$100,000 (US$12,900) fine, while selling a stun gun without a licence carries a maximum penalty of 10 years in jail and a HK$100,000 under the Firearms and Ammunition Ordinance.

Superintendent Cheng Chun-kit said over the past five years police had arrested 105 people for possessing or selling stun guns shaped like torches, cigarette lighters or knuckle dusters.

An increasing number of stun guns that looked like cigarette lighters had been seized in recent years, he said, and investigations showed the weapons were imported into the city from mainland China, or overseas.

Cheng said police in Sham Shui Po launched “Operation Roarsound” on Thursday to deal with the illegal sale and possession of stun guns in the district.

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