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Draft plan proposes arming inspectors with pellet guns

Update: May, 28/2014 - 08:27
The Lao Cai transport police and inspectors check drivers' blood-alcohol concentration at terminals in Lao Cai City. Transport inspectors may be equipped with rubber-bullet guns under a draft plan. — VNA/VNS Photo Thanh Ha

HA NOI (VNS) — The Transport Ministry may equip transport inspectors with rubber-bulleted guns if a draft circular between the ministries of transport and public security goes into effect.

"The move would help transport inspectors deal with aggressive, dangerous violators," said the ministry's chief inspector Nguyen Van Huyen.

The circular implements last year's decision by the Prime Minister, which allows transport inspectors to use "supportive equipment" such as rubber-bulleted guns, tear gas, anaesthetics, signal gun shot and electric rods. However, Huyen made clear that only inspectors who worked directly in detecting, examining and fining violators could use guns. Moreover, they would have to "possess a virtuous character and health" and pass training courses in the use of guns.

The circular also requires gun owners to report their usage every six months or year and notify their managers if they lose their guns within five days. — VNS

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