Date
30 May 2017
The Glock-17 (inset) is widely used by the Hong Kong Kong airport police and other units of the armed services. Photo: HKEJ, wikipedia
The Glock-17 (inset) is widely used by the Hong Kong Kong airport police and other units of the armed services. Photo: HKEJ, wikipedia

Airport police probing freak gun firing

Airport police are investigating the accidental firing of a gun while being picked up from an armory.

No one was hurt but police officials said they are treating the incident seriously, according to Ming Pao Daily.

They are investigating if any regulations were broken.

A supervisor is supposed to be present when a gun is taken from the armory and loaded with live ammunition, the officials said. 

The weapon in question is a semi-automatic Glock-17, commonly used by marine police, airport police, special duties unit and the VIP protection unit.

An airport policeman had just loaded the weapon after collecting it from the armory when it went off.   

The Austrian-made pistol, which has been in service since 1982, has had five incidents of accidental discharge in as many years of use by Hong Kong armed services. 

A gun expert said the Glock-17 is a relatively safe pistol and is widely used around the world.

He said the incident might have been due to malfunction caused by worn-out parts, adding the gun has safety features that prevent it from accidentally going off.

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