Man arrested for attempted import of airsoft guns, 2 others arrested for possession of such guns

Dismantled part of two sets of airsoft guns, a flick knife and a baton were seized from a car at Woodlands Checkpoint on Monday (July 2).
Dismantled part of two sets of airsoft guns, a flick knife and a baton were seized from a car at Woodlands Checkpoint on Monday (July 2).PHOTOS: IMMIGRATION AND CHECKPOINTS AUTHORITY

SINGAPORE - A 29-year-old Singapore man was arrested on Monday evening (July 2) for attempting to import two sets of airsoft guns, a flick knife and a baton at Woodlands Checkpoint.

Follow-up investigations afterwards then led to the arrest of two more men who were found to be in possession of airsoft pistols and other weapons, said the Singapore Police Force and the Immigration and Checkpoints Authority in a joint statement on Thursday.

In the first case, the man's Singapore-registered car was stopped for checks at around 4.30pm on Monday.

Two sets of dismantled airsoft guns were found concealed under the driver's and front passenger's seats, as well as in a bag that was placed at the rear passenger's seat. A flick knife was found in the man's pocket, and a baton was found in the glove compartment of the car.

After the man was arrested and handed to police, police investigations found that two other men, aged 27 and 45, were believed to be in possession of similar airsoft guns.

Officers from the Jurong Police Division then conducted an operation on Tuesday to arrest the two men. Several airsoft pistols, revolvers, projectiles, tactical knives and a pair of handcuffs were seized in the operation, said police.

Investigations are ongoing.

The 29-year-old man arrested at Woodlands Checkpoint face charges of importing guns, carrying a truncheon in a public space and possession of a scheduled weapon.

The two men who were arrested in the follow-up operation face a charge of possession of guns without license.

Airsoft guns, or any other guns which shoot pellets using compressed gas, are controlled items under the Arms and Explosives Act. Any person found guilty of having in his possession or under his control any such guns without a licence may be fined up to $5,000 and jailed for up to three years.

It is also an offence for anyone to import or export any arms or explosives, or any parts of arms or explosives, without a licence. Those convicted may face a jail term of up to three years and a fine of $10,000.

If convicted of carrying a truncheon in a public space, one could face a jail term of up one month and a fine of up to $5,000.

The punishment for unlawful possession of a scheduled weapon is a jail term of up to five years, with at least six strokes of the cane, for a first conviction. The penalty for the crime for subsequent convictions is a jail term of between two and eight years, with at least six strokes of the cane.