Skip to comments.Bangkok gun shops: What's inside and why tourists can't buy
Posted on 01/03/2012 7:23:45 AM PST by smokingfrog
Most Thais do not own a gun. Those who do, usually buy "for personal protection, and secondly for their collection. A lot of Thai people like guns," says Polpatr Tanomsup of the Firearms Association of Thailand.
If you have an itchy trigger finger while visiting Thailand it may be difficult to purchase a gun, but wealthy foreigners and Thais who live here can now enjoy their weapon of choice thanks to the recent lifting of a ban imposed in Bangkok last year.
Tourists can, however, buy custom-made leather holsters and other accessories at the estimated 80 weapons stores along Burapha Road, just east of the Sala Chalerm Krung Royal Theatre, where the vast majority of Bangkok's gun shops are located.
Most of the shops have been in business for more than 40 years and welcome walk-in customers, but may discourage photographs of their deadly arsenals.
Expats and other foreigners working in Thailand can buy guns, but import taxes of around 30 percent -- plus hefty retail profits -- discourage most foreigners.
"Not many foreigners buy guns in Thailand because the price is really expensive, compared to the United States and other countries, because of our importing quota and taxes," says the Firearms Association of Thailand's director of international relations, Polpatr Tanomsup.
"Guns are really expensive, so it is considered a sport for the rich. Like cars, and stuff like that. It is like a Louis Vuitton for guys, or a Hermes bag for guys," Polpatr says.
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The article states, “It’s like a Louis Vuitton for guys, and a Hermes bag for guys”.
Not surprising. What do you expect from a place where you can also buy little girls and boys...? Disgusting.
Absolutely. It is a den of evil.
Most people can’t afford to buy one.
You’ve obviously never been there.
Where is that “like” button?
I respectfully disagree, though I understand your point completely and agree that’s a horrible subject. Outside of that however in most ways, Thailand is far more free than America.
Just don’t criticize the King or pose in front of a Buddha. (legal and religious no-nos)
Been there, saw no sign of pedo stuff. I’m sure it goes on but I saw no sign.
Not to say there’s no illicit entertainment going on, but it seems to be adults.
The entire Thai lifestyle is far less structured than here, and surrounds manners which in America might be called “Minnesota nice”. Being courteous is quite important. Not lots of laws about what you can drive, how to drive, helmet laws are not rigidly enforced. Street and sidewalk side vendors with loads of selections. Just not the smothering infrastructure of forbidden things we have.
There are small motorcycle taxi tri-wheels called “tuk tuks”, which would totally never be legal here.
I consider Thailand to be refreshingly libertarian.
Nice place I think. Absurdly hot, and humid. Outstanding food.
“Not surprising. What do you expect from a place where you can also buy little girls and boys...? Disgusting.”
You do realize that we have the same thing here in the states?
The Thai people are gentle, respectful, tranquil, generous, extremely hospitable and beautiful. When all of their neighboring countries were experiencing bloody spasms in the 60’s and 70’s, Thailand remained an island of calm. However, the Thai people are not to be messed with; you can push them to a point, and then they’ll take care of business.
There is an industry there, promoting the grossest immoralities, primarily child prostitution, which draws perverts from around the world. It’s a thing where it’s there if you want it, or you can just ignore it.
I have a couple of nice Siamese Mausers (built by Japan).
It’s going to be found everywhere, unfortunately. The scale and tolerance are what separates them from us.
I’ve window shopped at those stores before. That area of town has some great stuff. There’s a tool market area, an Indian cloth market, a big mall and other interesting stuff. Back around 1978/79, I used to buy fried pastries from an Indian street vendor. When I visited about 15-20 years later, I found the same elderly gent still selling on the same street corner! Business must have been good, as he had an assistant and had visited relatives in the U.S.
Been there many times, only hear about the pervs when they arrest one.
They also have gun ranges where you can test fire just about any gun you chose,Don’t have to be a club member or anything like that.
True..go to a Liberal college campi
This is not at all intended to criticize her sentiments about it, but if momtothree wished to find a real den of pedophilia she need go no further than the typical casting call or set of a film in Hollywood (or a certain kids network studio in Orlando) where children are involved.
Apparently just photographing a Buddha is OK.
I have several Buddha slides from R&R trip in 1972, including the solid gold Buddha that was only rediscovered in 1956. Then there’s a pic of me wearing a sixtoon foot python at the local herpetological zoo. Most bored looking animal I ever saw.
Geez........ and I criticize those who write “to” when they mean “too”.
I agree with your (Cringing Negativism Network) stance. I went to Bangkok this last summer and was amazed at what a wonderful city it was. You saw the occasional tranny, which don’t get me wrong it’s totally gross, but it did seem more like a libertarian society. You can’t have a free society like that without drawing out some weirdos.
I was told the crime rate in the city was low for it’s size because of their awful prison conditions. Not sure how I feel about that, but it did feel very safe walking around.
You can have a bad experience anywhere you go, but I would urge people to not be too critical about Thailand unless you’ve spent some time there. I saw more pedo activity in Philippines with all the old, fat, white, Americans coming over to marry underage girls. Sad to say, but I found that more disgusting than the trannies in Thailand.
That happens in all 50 States in case you were unaware.