More than 1,000 policemen in Shanghai began carrying revolvers while on patrol Sunday as the administration tightened public security to deal with serious violent crimes, Xinhua news agency reported.
The Ministry of Public Security invested in the firearms and specially designed them for its police force, the report said. The municipal security bureau solicited public opinion before it made the armed patrol decision, Rui Minghua, an official with the patrol police division, told Xinhua.
“The feedback showed that citizens are wide open to the new move and, actually, they are sort of looking forward to it,” Rui said.
Chinese police generally do not carry guns and gun crime is rare in China, which has tight controls on firearms. Previously, Shanghai policemen carried batons, handcuffs, flashlights, first aid kits, walkie-talkies and tear gas bottles during patrols, the report noted.
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