AIRSOFT guns to fire metal bullets can easily be purchased via Facebook, reported Berita Harian.
The daily said that the guns, costing between RM600 (S$201) and RM3,000, were being sold through several closed groups on the social media platform.
The daily said the guns were at a scale of 1:1, which meant that they resembled real guns and were being smuggled from countries such as Thailand and China.
A distributor told the daily that while buying the guns from Thailand was cheaper, services offered by local distributors included letting customers know where they could “play” with the guns safely.
“You need to enter a kuat (closed knit) group, meaning that it is well-connected to the heads of police stations.
“That’s a licence to play,” said the distributor, adding that he could also procure airsoft guns made to resemble Glock guns retailing at RM780 per piece.
The daily said customers needed to pay a deposit when placing the order.
Kedah police chief Senior Deputy Comm Datuk Zamri Yahya said smuggled guns had been seized through police raids based on public tips.
“There has been no arrests or information on gun selling through social media yet as the raids are being carried out when the guns are smuggled in,” said Zamri, adding that the sale and ownership of imitation guns was an offence.