Following a number of reported gun incidents in Pattaya on national Thai TV channels, the Deputy Prime Minister, Khun Chalerm, has ordered a sweep of Pattaya by the Police to suppress gun crime. In the early hours of Sunday, a team of 160 Police Officers met at Pattaya Police Station under the watchful eye of Police Major General Jamnong, Commander of Chonburi Provincial Police who led teams around Pattaya, checking Pubs, Discotheques and suspicious-looking individuals on the streets. During the operation, Police were made away of a gang of young men on Jomtien Beach who were apparently shooting a gun into the air, in the direction of the water. Police converged on the location and detained an 18 year old man, Khun Tanaporn who was with 4 friends.
He surrendered the licensed 38 caliber weapon and was later charged with expelling the weapon in a public place in contravention of his license. No other weapons were seized during the operation.