A new scheme by the Thai government has been launched to allow government employees to purchase a semi-automatic pistol at a discounted price.
The program, which is open to all government officials in all positions, not only police but school teachers, village headmen and even janitors, offers a SIG Sauer P320 for the discounted price of 29,890 baht, roughly $897 in U.S. dollars.
According to Wikipedia, the SIG Sauer P320 is a semi-automatic pistol manufactured in both the U.S. and Germany and can be configured to support a number of different bullets.
A previous program, called the “welfare gun” program, offered the same pistol to police officers only in 2016 for the cheaper price of 23,890 baht. In Thailand, policeman are required to purchased their own firearms.
In addition to the hand gun, those taking up the offer will also receive a complimentary cartridge of bullets and free delivery.
The offer is open to government employees, as well as retired government employees who receive a public service pension, until Aug. 31, with purchases being handled by the Welfare Office of the Royal Thai Police.