KUALA LUMPUR - All imitation firearms, including those used for sports activities and without licences, must be surrendered to police within a month.
Federal police Logistics Department director Datuk Zulkifli Abdullah said all imitation firearms, which resembled genuine ones, must be turned in.
He said the public was given until Dec 25 to do so at any district police headquarters.
Following their surrender, he said owners could apply for a "use and carry" licence from the police, stating their requirements.
"Considering that there are many fake firearms in the country, we call upon their owners to turn them in to the police as it is illegal to keep them. It is an offence under Section 36 of the Arms Act 1960 to possess or import imitation firearms.
"All imitation firearms, such as BB guns, airsoft guns, paintball markers, antique guns and pistol- shaped cigarette lighters, are illegal."
Zulkifli said police had investigated 47 such cases and charged 29 people.
He said the public was only allowed to keep or own toy guns.
He said even though imitation firearms were meant to be toy guns, they were deadly as they fired pellets that could injure or kill animals.
They could be fatal to humans if the pellets hit vital organs, he added.