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Officers convinced locals to hand in 378 homemade rifles. Supplied

Police in Preah Vihear province have collected 378 homemade rifles since launching a gun amnesty at the start of the year. 
Deputy provincial police chief Colonel Sam Sameoun said officers had spoken to people in the area to educate them about illegal weapon possession, warning that homemade guns often malfunction, injuring or killing their owners. 
Following the outreach work, he said officers managed to convince many residents to hand in their homemade rifles, which were often used to kill endangered animals.
Col Sameoun said, “We collected 378 homemade rifles that were used with ball-bearing bullets for hunting wild animals. Some were handed in by villagers after police educated them about how illegal gun possession harms public security.
“The rifles do not only pose a threat to humans and animals, but are also illegal.”
Col Sameoun said local authorities were concerned about people keeping guns and resorting to using them in disputes.
“In April, gang members shot two men with a homemade gun in Chhep district, killing one instantly and injuring the other,” Col Sameoun said.
Police in the area also recently discovered more than 760 old explosive remnants of war, buried along the Cambodia-Thai border. 
“The explosives included five M2 60mm mortar shells, two anti-tank grenades and 755 heavy machine gun cartridges, which had been buried underground in Choam Khsant district,” Col Sameoun said.

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