Customs seize HK$2.7m weapons haul bound for India

Customs officers have seized a stash of weapons and suspected fake items worth HK$2.7 million bound for India from a vessel entering Hong Kong from the mainland.

Monday, 7 January, 2013, 5:44am

US must renew ban on private ownership of assault weapons

A memorial for the victims shot at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut. Photo: EPA

Anywhere else, the shooting massacre of 20 small schoolchildren would give unstoppable momentum to a campaign to tighten laws on the possession of guns. In the US, it will run into a powerful gun lobby, the National Rifle Association. Of the tens of thousands of registered lobbyists in America, many elected politicians fear getting offside with the NRA the most.

18 Dec 2012 - 2:03am

Customs officials battle smuggling surge

Hong Kong Customs and the Guangdong Sub-Administration of China Customs seized 1,209 pieces of ivory tusk and 1.4 kilograms of ivory ornaments in a joint anti-smuggling operation in October. Photo: Sam Tsang

Customs officials in China are grappling with an increase in smuggling, particularly banned items such as drugs, weapons and endangered animals, state media reported on Tuesday.

27 Nov 2012 - 6:49pm

Iron Dome rocket interceptions cost Israel US$30m

Israeli soldiers lie on the ground as an Iron Dome interceptor missile is launched near the city of Ashdod, Israel. Photo: AP

Israel's Iron Dome interceptions of Palestinian rockets during eight days of Gaza fighting cost US$25 million to US$30 million, the government said on Thursday, arguing the US-backed system was well worth the money.

23 Nov 2012 - 9:02pm

Rights group calls for ban on ‘killer’ robots

The new robots could resemble the Terminator played by Arnold Schwarzenegger. Photo: SCMP Pictures

Hollywood-style robots able to shoot people without permission from their human handlers are a real possibility and must be banned before governments start deploying them, campaigners warned on Monday.

The report “Losing Humanity”, issued by Human Rights Watch and Harvard Law School’s International Human Rights Clinic, raised the alarm over the ethics of the looming technology.

20 Nov 2012 - 2:22pm

Ancestors developed stone-tipped weapons earlier than thought

A 500,000-year-old spear point from different angles. Photo: AP

Scientists have found evidence that human ancestors used stone-tipped weapons 200,000 years earlier than once thought, changing notions about the capabilities of prehistoric people.

17 Nov 2012 - 3:04am

US exporting turmoil with its record arms sales

There is no job description for what a superpower nation should do. Given the instability and uncertainty in some parts of the world, though, a good starting point would be to use its moral authority to promote peace. That is one of the key assignments of US foreign service diplomats, who serve at more than 265 embassies, consulates and diplomatic missions.

7 Sep 2012 - 1:54am

US weapons sales hit record US$66b in 2011 on back of massive Saudi deal

US weapons sales tripled last year to a record US$66.3 billion, pumped up by $33.4 billion in sales to Saudi Arabia.

The US sales accounted for 78 per cent of all global arms sales, which rose to US$85.3 billion, the highest level seen since 2004.

29 Aug 2012 - 3:42am

Police seize guns in raid on operator of weapons store

Police seized guns and bullets in a raid on a storage facility in Fo Tan yesterday, saying the operator's licence had expired and public safety was at stake.

The weapons were taken to police headquarters for inspection and to see if they matched the numbers stated on licences issued for them.

24 Sep 2007 - 12:00am


House burglars in Sai Kung made off with a 150cm-high safe containing a .226 calibre hunting rifle and about 200 rounds of ammunition. Police said the 47-year-old occupant of the Sheung Sze Wan Road house told them he was licensed to keep the rifle and ammunition at home. The man told police the safe also contained jewellery worth $45,000.

2 Jan 2003 - 12:00am

Silent killer lurking?

The debate over the use of depleted uranium (DU) ammunition - fired during the Gulf War and during the conflicts in Bosnia and Kosovo - is likely to become increasingly bitter now it has emerged that the potential health risks have been known by at least one government for years.

7 Jan 2001 - 12:00am

Three arrested

Detectives arrested two men and a woman believed to be members of a crime syndicate in a restaurant in Tai Po Road, Shamshuipo, and seized a loaded 7.62mm China military-issue Black Star semi-automatic gun loaded with six rounds of ammunition.

16 Mar 1999 - 12:00am

Man charged over guns find

A jobless man was yesterday charged with two counts of possessing firearms and ammunition without a licence.

Lau Chi-kit, 34, appeared in Eastern Court after two 7.62mm calibre pistols and 19 rounds of ammunition were discovered in a safe deposit box.

Thursday's find was made at the Electric Road, North Point, branch of Hang Seng Bank.

21 Jul 1998 - 12:00am

Weapons suspects

A 43-YEAR-OLD man and a 35-year-old woman were charged with possessing arms and ammunition without licence. Police officers seized a pistol and 23 rounds of ammunition in a flat in Castle Peak Road after the pair was arrested.

3 May 1998 - 12:00am

Two arrested over theft of ammunition

The Army has arrested two men thought to have stolen a large quantity of ammunition in Liaoning province.

The Liaoning Daily said the men - identified by their surnames as Meng and Xia - were suspected of breaking into an arsenal in Dantong.

19 May 1997 - 12:00am