Apparently it’s not working too well.Â And this is in a country with total prohibition, and where gun trafficking will get you a bullet in the back of your head:
Yet gun crimes continue to grab headlines. Early last year, a man in the northeast went on a rampage with a homemade pistol, killing five family members and neighbors. In September 2007, a young Guangzhou man was found guilty of using a replica gun to rob a bank customer of $218,000, and drew a 19-year prison sentence. In December, a guard at a munitions dump machine-gunned a colleague over a chess match. Two days later, he was killed, too, in a shootout with police.
Who would have figured.Â When guns are prohibited, criminals still find a way to find them, or make them.Â Here’s a handy timeline of the history of guns in China.