Raptor (STS) will be equipped with a new pepperball pistol, which narrows the airway and kills in three minutes
The Hong Kong Free Press (HKFP) reported on June 6 that the police had recently introduced the latest generation of pepper bullet pistols, the Piexon JPX6 Jet Protector, from Swiss arms manufacturer Piexon. According to the information on the manufacturer’s website (JPX6 data), this pistol has a range of 7 meters and a safety distance of 1.5 metres. This is a very high speed gun that can load up to 4 chambers at the same time. According to the Swiss authorities, they are not aware of such a transaction and have no record of the sale of the weapons concerned to Hong Kong, hence the suspicion of re-export to other countries.
In replying to the Apple Daily’s enquiry, the police said they had been following the established procedures to procure “suitable equipment” and refused to disclose details of the equipment in order not to “affect operational effectiveness”. According to the Police, the introduction of different equipment is intended to increase the options available to police officers in carrying out their duties and “to reduce the overall level of use of force”.
The latest introduction of pepperball pistols is a gunpowder-activated device that is not affected by strong winds and shoots at a velocity of 80 meters per second. Each bullet contains 10ml of ingredients, including oleoresin capsicum, which affects the eye, nose and respiratory system and can cause temporary blindness, coughing, nausea and nausea. It is estimated that the victim’s symptoms will subside gradually after about 45 minutes.
It was revealed in the middle of last month that police were testing a new pepper bullet pistol for use in crowd management and that it would be assigned to the Special Tactics Squad as early as this month. Last month, the spokesman of the Network DIPLO, Sunny Cheung, together with Joshua Wong and Nathan Law, issued an online petition asking the Swiss government to review the arms export policy and stop the sale of arms to the Hong Kong Police Force. As of this afternoon, more than 57 thousand people have signed this petition.
Sunny Cheung said he had enquired with the Swiss government about the sale of pepper-bullet pistols, but the authorities said there was no record of the sale of the weapons in Hong Kong, so he suspected they were re-exported from other countries. As far as he understood, the incident had aroused the concern of the local media and members of the Parliament, and some members were planning to put questions to the Swiss Government in the Parliament. He called on countries to address the issue of arms resale and avoid selling them to places that suppress human rights.
Joshua Wong of Demosisto pointed out that the model of the pepper bullet pistol introduced by the police this time was JPX4. He said that Swiss members of the Parliament had prepared a written question which mentioned that some Hong Kong students had provided evidence alleging that a Swiss company had exported JPX4 guns to the Hong Kong Police Force for firing pepper spray to suppress demonstrations and processions and suppress the exercise of rights by members of the public. The written question also requested the Administration to take necessary measures to stop the export of firearms if necessary.
In addition, Joshua Wong also provided emails with the Swiss Consulate confirming that the Swiss authorities were unaware of the transaction.（Swiss authorities are not aware of any such transaction）
International Humanitarian Medical Organization doctor Paul Au Yiu-kai said, according to information, the impact of the pepper bullet pistol can last up to 45 minutes. The consequences can be very dangerous, “if the person has allergies and develops narrowing of the airways, resulting in asthma, he can be dead in 3 to 5 minutes.” In the event of temporary blindness, it can be dangerous if the scene is in a state of military chaos.
In addition, the pistol is a high velocity weapon, and is propelled by gunpowder, so if the manufacturer’s guidelines for use are not followed (including the requirement to maintain at least a minimum of 1.5 metres), it is estimated that the damage that could be caused could be very serious and the authorities are urged to keep an eye on the situation.