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Police arrest Vietnamese barber for building hunting rifles

Friday, November 16, 2018, 12:19 GMT+7
Police arrest Vietnamese barber for building hunting rifles
Nguyen Quoc Thang’s homemade firearms. Photo: Tuoi Tre

A man from Vietnam’s Central Highlands was arrested for illegally making and keeping a number of firearms, police said on Thursday.

Nguyen Quoc Thang, who told police he is a barber, is being detained by law enforcement in Dak Lak Province and facing charges for the unlawful possession and creation of military weapons.

During a police raid on his home on Tuesday, the 32-year-old man was caught red-handed decanting air from an air compressor into the reservoir of an airgun.

Nguyen Quoc Thang at a police station in Dak Lak Province, Vietnam. Photo: Tuoi Tre
Nguyen Quoc Thang at a police station in Dak Lak Province, Vietnam. Photo: Tuoi Tre

Officials seized explosives, multiple lead-bullet guns, hundreds of lead bullets, and gun-building equipment.

Thang willingly handed police officers two flintlock rifles and two airguns, all homemade.

The man said he learned how to build the guns from tutorials on the Internet using equipment that was delivered to him by post.  

He claimed he built the guns for hunting.

Vietnam bans civilians from using or storing guns and ammunition.

Nguyen Quoc Thang’s gun building tools. Photo: Tuoi Tre
Nguyen Quoc Thang’s gun building tools. Photo: Tuoi Tre
Bullets seized at Nguyen Quoc Thang’s house in Dak Lak Province, Vietnam. Photo: Tuoi Tre
Bullets seized at Nguyen Quoc Thang’s house in Dak Lak Province, Vietnam. Photo: Tuoi Tre

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