Date
20 September 2017
A prop gun store owner has hit out at police for revoking his licenses over the sale of replica Beretta 92. Photo: www.thespecialistsltd.com
A prop gun store owner has hit out at police for revoking his licenses over the sale of replica Beretta 92. Photo: www.thespecialistsltd.com

Prop gun store owner takes aim at police over licenses

The owner of a company supplying prop guns to the TV and movie business has fired criticism at Hong Kong police for confiscating his arms licenses last year, Apple Daily reported Thursday.

Poon Chi-man, owner of Hollywood Film Service Company, said he sold a replica Beretta 92F pistol to a licensed buyer in March 2013 for HK$18,000 (US$2,321), but the gun was later sold to an unlicensed person.

Police arrested Poon and the two buyers in April, raided his Hung Hom office and terminated his two arms licenses five days later, the report said. Poon insisted the Beretta 92F was only a replica and its barrel was fully blocked, ensuring that it could not fire.

Poon was charged with selling a pistol to a unlicensed third party but not prosecuted.

In May last year, Poon wrote to the Administrative Appeals Board, requesting that his arms licenses be reinstated but it wasn’t until February that the board ruled that it was wrong for the police to terminate Poon’s licenses.

His licenses were reinstated last but Poon said he lost all his customers in the interim and spent hundreds of thousands of dollars on legal fees. He demanded an apology from the police.

Poon has filed a complaint to the Complaints Against Police Office, the report said.

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