Bang Bang!

Bang bang! Do you really need a bullet vest in China? Well, the right question to ask is, are you even allowed to own a gun in China?

The finer things

The answer is no, you are not allowed to own a gun in China. There used to be only seven– just seven– gun licenses in Shanghai, and those licenses were issued to a very elite group of people who used to belong to a hunting club.

Gun

[Picture credited to VaMedia]

We are talking about upper class citizens who are only into the finer things in life, such as classical music, fine wines and antique furniture. These guns were handed down to them by their fathers who made the purchase before the founding of the People’s Republic of China in 1949.

Put ’em up!

About 20 years ago, one by one, those lucky gun owners were “cordially invited” by their local head of police to have a “friendly talk” down at the station. They were “kindly advised” that due to concerns of public safety, it was to their “best interest” to turn over those old guns to the police station and receive a symbolic payment as a token of appreciation.