70 stun guns seized in raid in Penang

70 stun guns seized in raid in Penang
PHOTO: The Star/ANN

GEORGE TOWN - Customs officers raided a shop in the city centre and seized about 70 stun guns.

The shop owner was slapped with a compound 10 times the sale value of the items, which were confiscated.

The stun guns - model 800 sold at RM40 (S$13) each and model 669 at RM50 each - were on the shelf when the five officers raided the shop in Jalan Sungai Ujong yesterday.

The shop owner claimed that she did not know that the stun guns were prohibited items.

A Customs officer explained that a licence was needed for the sale and possession of stun guns and tasers.

He said the shop owner will be charged in court if she failed to pay the compound.

"We will continue to act against traders selling prohibited items," he said.

On the online sale of stun guns, the officer said the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) has the authority to block the websites concerned.

On Saturday, The Star highlighted the ease in which a stun gun can be obtained.

The item can be used to incapacitate a person. The report stated that several robberies were carried out using stun guns.

Robbers on a motorcycle used a stun gun in Taman Brown, George Town, last Sunday to immobilise a 53-year-old woman before grabbing her handbag containing a smartphone and RM200.

Federal CID deputy director Deputy Comm Datuk Amar Singh had said that Section 11 of the Act stipulated that no person, except for a licensed dealer or repairer, should sell or transfer any arms or ammunition.

He said the Act also explained that no one shall knowingly accept any delivery of arms or ammunition unless he or she had a valid licence for such a transaction.

Anyone found guilty of violating the Act can be jailed for up to two years or fined not more than RM2,000 or both.

Carjackers shock victims and drive off

Stun guns were found in the hands of carjackers as early as last year.

Victims have reported seeing carjackers rush at them with stun guns, said crime safety specialist R. Shamir.

"While conducting crime prevention workshops, we heard of three such incidents from our participants," he said yesterday.

He said the modus operandi was all the same.

They would knock a car from behind and wait for the driver to step out.

"When the driver comes out, the carjackers would try to electrocute him with the weapon.

"In all the cases we heard, the drivers managed to escape but lost their cars," he said.

Shamir contacted The Star after reading reports about stun guns, saying that he had conducted such workshops for the last five years.

He also felt that stun guns should not be licensed or legalised.

"Any self-defence weapon that can be used offensively should not be legalised. Even pepper spray has been used to temporarily blind robbery victims."

Shamir, however, acknowledged several instances where women had successfully used pepper spray to escape from attackers.

"When you are confronted with robbers, remember that your life is more important that your valuables."

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