Penang Man Carrying A Fake Gun For 'Fun' Is Now Being Investigated Under The Arms Act
Earlier today, 25 July, police arrested a man who was seen in photos carrying a gun tucked in his pants while riding a motorcycle in Penang
He was detained at a guard post of a condominium in Sungai Ara, George Town at about 3am, Saturday, according to Northeast district police chief Assistant Commissioner (ACP) Soffian Santong.
In a statement today, ACP Soffian said that the man was tracked and detained in less than 24 hours after they were alerted about the incident about the man, whose photos had gone viral on social media.
In the photos, the man was seen riding a motorcycle with a gun tucked in his pants along Tun Dr Lim Chong Eu Expressway appearing to be heading towards the Penang Bridge or Bayan Lepas.
The 35-year-old admitted that he was the man in the viral photos
"Carrying it on his back just for fun"
According to ACP Soffian, the man, who works as a security guard, told them that he tucked the gun in his pants merely for fun. He has four past records of criminal and drug offences.
"He said he was just carrying it on his back just for fun," he said, adding that police have seized the fake gun along with its magazine while detaining the suspect from the condominium.
Several other items were also confiscated such as the motorcycle the suspect was seen riding, the helmet he was wearing, the motorcycle's key, and a sling bag.
He is now being investigated under Section 36 of Arms Act 1960
It provides punishment for importing or in possession of imitation gun and is punishable with not more than one year jail or a fine of RM5,000 or both if convicted.
The 35-year-old security guard is also being investigated under Section 233 of the Communications and Multimedia Act 1998, which is sharing of offensive and menacing content and carries a maximum fine of RM50,000 or a jail term not exceeding one year or both.
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