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Use of airsoft gun not ruled out

Published on: Sunday, January 12, 2014

Kota Kinabalu: State Police Commissioner Datuk Hamza Taib did not dismiss the possibility of the weapon used by the vandals who went on a shooting spree in the city, early Saturday, to have been paintball markers or airsoft guns.

"We are looking into all possibilities," he said. Paintball is not recognised as a legitimate sport by the Government.

On Nov. 25, police announced private owners to surrender these guns.

Only registered firms with RM400,000 paid-up capital or sports clubs recognised by the sports commissioner can apply for a permit.

The move followed the robbery-murder of a woman bank staff in peninsula by a security guard who had a Sabah MyKad, declared later to be fake. It was learnt that Sabah police have yet to check local paintball businesses or urge individuals to surrender their markers at present.

Sabah Paintball Association's Amber Wong said the association will issue a statement to the press later.