Cops bust mafia gunsmith in northern Vietnam

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Thanh Hoa police collect guns and explosives at an illegal gunsmith's home on October 17, 2014. Photo: T. Tam/VnExpress Thanh Hoa police collect guns and explosives at an illegal gunsmith's home on October 17, 2014. Photo: T. Tam/VnExpress

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Police in Thanh Hoa seized nearly 30 guns, 140 kilograms of ammunition and a lot of explosives, on Friday, from the largest illegal firearms factory ever busted in the northern province.
The police conducted their raid following days of surveillance at the house. They also recovered equipment for making different kinds of guns and processing explosives into bullets, VnExpress reported.
Ta Van Binh, the chief gunsmith, said he was a mechanic who knew how to make airguns, the site said.
He bought guns discarded by hunters and repaired them for resale.
Local gangsters served as his regular customers, the 55-year-old said.
He said he also repaired the criminals’ guns for a fee.

Ta Van Binh, 55, the gunsmith arrested in Thanh Hoa Province on October 17, 2014 as Vietnam does not allow the private production of firearms. Photo credit: VOV
Police said the factory had been operating for months.
Vietnam does not allow private gun ownership. Only the military is entitled to own and maintain the country’s arsenal.
The manufacture and transportation of military-grade weapons is therefore punishable by between one year and life in prison--depending on the scale of the crime.

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