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IN this part of Thailand, everyone from reporters to businessmen brandish guns.

--THE STRAITS TIMES

SA KAEW: -- All too often, business disputes are settled by a pull of the trigger.

According to the locals, that's how tough it is in Sa Kaeo (right), a bustling trading province on the eastern border of Thailand.

Located about 220km east of Bangkok, Sa Kaeo was the place where Singaporean Jimmy Low Beng Lee was gunned down on Tuesday, allegedly by a Taiwanese ex-employee.

Mr Low, 43, was shot twice in his ear and cheek.

Mr Low, who worked for Thai waste-management company ProWaste, had sacked the man on Monday night, saying he had embezzled money.

His elder sister, Mrs Joni Ong, 45, told The New Paper on Sunday that most of the locals in Sa Kaeo carry guns.

Mr Low had even been hesitant to go there because of its reputation as a cowboy town.

He turned down his friend's job offer when Mr Shane Iempoolsub set up ProWaste four years ago.

But Mr Low finally relented in 2004 as his friend's health was ailing.

Mrs Ong said: 'The family did not want him to go, but he said he wanted to venture out. So we gave him our blessings in the end.'

As a foreigner, her brother wasn't allowed to carry a gun. He hired bodyguards instead.

Sa Kaeo residents told The New Paper on Sunday that living there can be dangerous at times.

Mr Teerapong Yaisangsumrit, a senior correspondent with the Channel 5 TV station, said that many of his friends, especially the businessmen and political figures, own guns and keep them at home for self-protection.

They also tend to hire bodyguards, added Mr Teerapong.

One of the main reasons for this gun-toting is the large presence of Cambodians, especially those who enter illegally through the porous 165km-long border.

Mr Teerapong said: 'The Cambodians find it easy to come and go. Many enter to find work, but some are gangsters who commit crimes here because they know it's not easy to track them down.'

One businessman who owns a gun is Mr Bamrung Lorcharoenwattanachai, 49. He is also the chairman of the Sa Kaeo Provincial Chamber of Commerce.

Mr Bamrung told The New Paper that he owns a licence for his .22-calibre pistol, which was bought many years ago. He said: 'I'm glad I haven't ever used it.'

Mr Teerapong has used his.

He said he carries a gun whenever he goes on crime assignments.

The last time he fired his gun was several years ago when he tailed the police during the arrest of a group of robbers.

ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS

Mr Teerapong, who has lived in Sa Kaeo for 12 years now, said in Thai: 'The robbers were illegal Cambodian immigrants, who had with them weapons such as AK-47s and M16s.

'They started firing at the police when they found out that they had been surrounded. The next minute, I realised that bullets were flying past me.

'I immediately dived to the ground and dropped my TV camera. It was chaotic. I was frightened and in self-defence, I used the pistol and fired back several shots.'

Mr Teerapong said he wasn't hurt and wasn't sure if his shots hit any robbers.

But not everyone in Sa Kaeo feels its 'cowboy town' label is valid.

Mr Somyod Sintuparn, 51, said his hometown is peaceful, like other Thai provinces.

He said he doesn't know of anyone who employs bodyguards.

He said those who wish to buy guns need a gun licence. Such licences are common. (See report on facing page.)

Mr Somyod said: 'There are many Cambodians who work and live in Sa Kaeo illegally by crossing the border. But not all are here to commit crimes.

'Even if they do, it's usually minor crimes. There's no need for us to go to the extreme of getting guns.'

But he later claimed that Thais who want to buy smuggled guns can do so easily by crossing the Aranyaprathet border into the casino town of Poipet in Cambodia.

Mr Somyod said the border, which runs along mostly flat plains, is difficult to monitor and Cambodians could just 'walk over'.

He said: 'Once you cross the border and enter Poipet, you can hop on the motorcycle taxi and ask the rider for contacts to buy guns.

'With some money, they will recommend you to the right person.'

A Thai immigration police officer, who declined to be named, said that gun-buying is harder now because the Cambodian and Thai police have cracked down on gun syndicates.

The officer added: 'Also, it's increasingly difficult to get a gun licence in Thailand.'

--asia1.com 2006-04-03

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Guns rule all over Thailand.

Krub, topic moved to from Isaan Forum to General forum.

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I recall when i first moved to Kanchanaburi from Koh chang, The locals would tell me about how not so many years ago guns ruled over kanchanaburi too... People from the capital come out for a weekend, would have guns in their pick ups too.

Koh Chang had some armoury too.

Don´t like the f%#& things myself. And yes, I have used them before.

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I recall when i first moved to Kanchanaburi from Koh chang, The locals would tell me about how not so many years ago guns ruled over kanchanaburi too... People from the capital come out for a weekend, would have guns in their pick ups too.

Koh Chang had some armoury too.

Don´t like the f%#& things myself. And yes, I have used them before.

Hmmmmmmmmm.... somehow I just "knew" this topic would appeal to you Wabbit/ Klown/ Chang Chompu/ who ever you are! :o

:D

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I recall when i first moved to Kanchanaburi from Koh chang, The locals would tell me about how not so many years ago guns ruled over kanchanaburi too... People from the capital come out for a weekend, would have guns in their pick ups too.

Koh Chang had some armoury too.

Don´t like the f%#& things myself. And yes, I have used them before.

Hmmmmmmmmm.... somehow I just "knew" this topic would appeal to you Wabbit/ Klown/ Chang Chompu/ who ever you are! :o

:D

who ever I am... see my last post on here

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I recall when i first moved to Kanchanaburi from Koh chang, The locals would tell me about how not so many years ago guns ruled over kanchanaburi too... People from the capital come out for a weekend, would have guns in their pick ups too.

Koh Chang had some armoury too.

Don´t like the f%#& things myself. And yes, I have used them before.

Hmmmmmmmmm.... somehow I just "knew" this topic would appeal to you Wabbit/ Klown/ Chang Chompu/ who ever you are! :o

:D

who ever I am... see my last post on here

Just STOP teasing me COWBOY! :D

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My Fiance', her Father, and I went to the Thai Navy range in Samutprakarn a couple months ago when we got her a lovely 9mm. She carries all the time and everyone feels much better now that she dose. I only wish I could carry too :o what a lame rule that we can't carry guns. We (foregners) get victimized too. In the States I'm licenced and carry a Glock model 22 .40cal. In Iraq I pack a classic, Colt 1911 .45. I would like the Glock for Thailand, I would think with all the humidity the .45 would require much more cleaning and attention.

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My Fiance', her Father, and I went to the Thai Navy range in Samutprakarn a couple months ago when we got her a lovely 9mm. She carries all the time and everyone feels much better now that she dose. I only wish I could carry too :o what a lame rule that we can't carry guns. We (foregners) get victimized too. In the States I'm licenced and carry a Glock model 22 .40cal. In Iraq I pack a classic, Colt 1911 .45. I would like the Glock for Thailand, I would think with all the humidity the .45 would require much more cleaning and attention.

And the very reason that you have mentioned, it is a good idea that you are not allowed to carry one. You might find that 90% of the farang population here have no need to carry firearms.

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My Fiance', her Father, and I went to the Thai Navy range in Samutprakarn a couple months ago when we got her a lovely 9mm. She carries all the time and everyone feels much better now that she dose. I only wish I could carry too :o what a lame rule that we can't carry guns. We (foregners) get victimized too. In the States I'm licenced and carry a Glock model 22 .40cal. In Iraq I pack a classic, Colt 1911 .45. I would like the Glock for Thailand, I would think with all the humidity the .45 would require much more cleaning and attention.

Lube it every three days and it works fine.

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I would like to point out for accuracy sake the photo is not of SA KAEW city, but of the Cambodian border some 45 km to the east. Having spent a good deal of time in province with many day trips into Sa Kaew city, I have to agree with individual quoted at the bottom of the article that it is a typical sleepy Thai provincial town. As with the rest of Thailand and virtually the rest of world, modern times have brought its share of crime and unsavory characters.

Please note the Singaporean gentleman was shot by a “Taiwanese ex-employee”. Having spent a good bit of time in China and seen several disgruntled employees get violent, I am not overly surprised.

TH

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My Fiance', her Father, and I went to the Thai Navy range in Samutprakarn a couple months ago when we got her a lovely 9mm. She carries all the time and everyone feels much better now that she dose. I only wish I could carry too :o what a lame rule that we can't carry guns. We (foregners) get victimized too. In the States I'm licenced and carry a Glock model 22 .40cal. In Iraq I pack a classic, Colt 1911 .45. I would like the Glock for Thailand, I would think with all the humidity the .45 would require much more cleaning and attention.

and if you were allowed to "pack a piece" in thailand - what the f*** would you do with it...

you sure as sh*t couldnt use it - point it another farrang and youve got a problem if they've got one too - point it at a local and you'll be watching your back for the rest of your days - and if you did use it im fairly sure you couldnt rely on the thai legal system to give you a fair trial, even if it was in defense... your ass would be in jail without a second thought....

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My Fiance', her Father, and I went to the Thai Navy range in Samutprakarn a couple months ago when we got her a lovely 9mm. She carries all the time and everyone feels much better now that she dose. I only wish I could carry too :o what a lame rule that we can't carry guns. We (foregners) get victimized too. In the States I'm licenced and carry a Glock model 22 .40cal. In Iraq I pack a classic, Colt 1911 .45. I would like the Glock for Thailand, I would think with all the humidity the .45 would require much more cleaning and attention.

and if you were allowed to "pack a piece" in thailand - what the f*** would you do with it...

you sure as sh*t couldnt use it - point it another farrang and youve got a problem if they've got one too - point it at a local and you'll be watching your back for the rest of your days - and if you did use it im fairly sure you couldnt rely on the thai legal system to give you a fair trial, even if it was in defense... your ass would be in jail without a second thought....

Better all of the horrible secnerios you mentioned than to be dead, paralized, helpless while my home is robbed and my family victimized.

AND, if we were aloud leagly to carry, Legal defence, as always, would be a matter of money... While I am not what I would consider rich yet, I got enough to fight the case or enough to find a alternitive solotion.

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My Fiance', her Father, and I went to the Thai Navy range in Samutprakarn a couple months ago when we got her a lovely 9mm. She carries all the time and everyone feels much better now that she dose. I only wish I could carry too :o what a lame rule that we can't carry guns. We (foregners) get victimized too. In the States I'm licenced and carry a Glock model 22 .40cal. In Iraq I pack a classic, Colt 1911 .45. I would like the Glock for Thailand, I would think with all the humidity the .45 would require much more cleaning and attention.

Lube it every three days and it works fine.

Thanks I didn't know that. I'll keep it in mind as I really prefer the feel and the stoping power of the Colt...it just feels right.

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