|Among the weapons seized were 11 imitation rifles and seven imitation pistols. Photo from the South China Morning Post|
By Danny Lee
Seven people were also arrested in Monday's operation, which focused on 13 locations across the city.
In total, 19 weapons were seized, while five men and two women aged between 17 and 53 were taken into custody by officers from the Organised Crime and Triad Bureau.
A police spokesman said those arrested had been taken in for "unlicensed possession of firearms and ammunition" and the "intention to endangering life and possessing firearms or ammunition".
Police said they seized one pistol, 700 rounds of ammunition ― some of which a police source said were real ― 11 imitation rifles, seven imitation pistols, two firearm components, and computer equipment.
Imitation guns can refer to toy guns, air guns and guns that are used in war games. Police have said they need more time to examine the weapons seized to determine what category they fall into.