Hong Kong convicts 81 Filipinos for illegal possession of firearms

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Hong Kong authorities arrested 81 Filipinos for bringing illegal firearms into the country in 2014. The Philippine Consulate General had to reiterate its warning against bringing restricted items, particularly devices which can stun, in hand-carried or checked-in luggage.

According to the consulate, 81 Filipinos were convicted of possession of arms without a licence in 2014.

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“Under Hong Kong’s Firearms and Ammunition Ordinance, travelers are banned from bringing in stunning devices at all the territory’s ports,” the consulate said in an advisory posted last week on its website.

It said stun guns and other devices such as tear gas, bullets, extendable batons, flick knives, and knuckle dusters are considered as “arms” in Hong Kong and are restricted under its Firearms and Ammunition Ordinance.

“Offenders will be arrested by Hong Kong police and prosecuted by Hong Kong courts and may face a penalty of up to HK$100,000 or approximately US$13,333 and a maximum prison sentence of 14 years,” the consulate said. 

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