AK-47 among deadly weapons seized by Irish customs officers in 2012
Annual report states that almost 600 illegal arms recovered
The Irish authorities have released their annual list of weapons seized by customs officers – including an AK-47 machine gun.
The yearly report from the Revenue Commissioners says that almost 600 illegal and dangerous weapons were seized in 2012.
Top of the list was an AK-47 along with a sub-machine gun, ninja-style throwing stars and samurai swords.
The Irish Times reports that officers made 165 seizures up to mid-December with 596 weapons prevented from reaching the streets.
The story says the most deadly haul was recovered in May and included the AK-47 assault rifle and sub-machine gun, an automatic rifle, a bolt-action rifle, a pistol and three magazines of ammunition.
The lethal cache was imported from Germany and was valued over $1500.
War game weapons worth over $8,000 imported from Hong Kong were also seized.
The report says that these airsoft style guns are not illegal in Ireland but agents selling weapons have enforced a tagging system supported by Government to monitor the replica guns used.
Military memorabilia was also seized including a Browning 50mm machine gun, rifles known as K-98, Ross and Valmet, a Mauser semi-automatic, a Webley and Scott revolver, a Webley MK1V and associated extras such as tripod stands.
Unusual seizures included a sword concealed in a black walking stick, a modified silencer and a pair of sabre claws, as featured in The Chronicles Of Riddick film starring Vin Diesel.
Illegal knives, such as flick, stiletto and butterfly knives, machetes, samurai and katana swords and a Gurkha sword from India were seized.
The list also includes 40 lasers, 20 Taser-style weapons, 37 stun guns and more than 30 signal and mobile phone jammers and two boxes of meat cleavers.
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