Man found with more than 150 airsoft handguns and replica gun charged

The arms seized from Liu's house. (PHOTO: Singapore Police Force)
The arms seized from Liu's house. (PHOTO: Singapore Police Force)

SINGAPORE — A man was charged on Friday (7 August) with importing more than 150 airsoft handguns and a replica gun without a permit.

Liu Huijian, a 40-year-old Singaporean, faces two counts under the Arms and Explosives Act including for possession of the airsoft handguns, and one count under the Regulation of Imports and Exports Regulations.

A replica gun and 158 arms were allegedly found in Liu’s Sims Place flat on 16 November 2018.

The police said they received information relating to the sale of replica toy guns that shoot gel beads as projectiles on an e-commerce platform on 16 November 2018. The platform was not named.

Officers established the identity of the seller and arrested Liu the same day. The weapons were then seized from him.

Liu will return to court on 4 September.

The police said that airsoft guns as well as others that shoot pellets using compressed gas are regulated as arms under the Arms and Explosives Act.

“No person, unless authorised by a licence to possess arms, shall have in his possession or under his control any of such arms,” they added.

Those convicted of possessing such a gun may be jailed up to three years or fined up to $5,000 for each gun in his possession.

Importing arms or explosives or their parts without a license is also an offence and is punishable with jail term of up to three years, and a maximum fine of $10,000.

Anyone convicted of importing or exporting replica guns without permit can be fined up to $100,000 or three times the value of the goods, whichever is greater, or be jailed up to two years, or both, on a first offence.

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