Latest On Gun Import Ban In China


Published: August - 2004

The latest word on the gun import ban in China is not good news, according to correspondent Tom McIntyre. He says there has been no progress at all on the implementation of a new system for issuing temporary gun import permits. Although a representative of the Chinese police, the government entity that oversees the issuing of gun import permits, says they are sympathetic to international hunting and do not want to see it shut down in China, "...it is difficult to find a good solution to how to set up a new rifle regulation... under the new framework of the Law on Administrative Licensing."

We told you about this new Chinese legislation previously. The Law on Administrative Licensing was recently implemented to stop the abuse of licensing powers by some government officials while promoting what the newspaper China Daily calls "efficient administrative management." Seems the new legislation has resulted in a huge drop in the number of items requiring a license, and most government officials above county level have received training on the new legislation. Nonetheless, police officials are not prepared to say just when new import procedures for firearms will be in place. "Hard to say," a police representative recently told Chinese hunting operator Wang Wei. "May- be after this summer."

McIntryre says Wei is still optimistic about the future of hunting in China, and he feels it may reopen at any time. However, Wei says that the fall season is now so close that he not longer feels comfortable asking clients to wait on hunts this year. He is suggesting that international hunters make other arrangements for this season.

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