BEIJING -- China's Ministry of Public security has ordered a nationwide
checkup on explosives and guns in an effort to secure a safe festive season
between the New Year and the Spring Festival, which falls on February 18 next
and spring are traditionally periods that have a high incident rate of explosive
and gun-related cases, the ministry said in a circular.
The ministry asked local police to examine whether or not relevant
institutions had the correct licenses and personnel to ensure the safe storage
and handling of guns, ammunition and explosives.
Employees who are deemed to be "unsuitable" in the handling of these weapons
should be transferred, the circular said.
And relevant enterprises and institutions must set up an information system
on the management of explosives and guns to ensure their traceability.