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Firearms law amended

reform 20thThe National Assembly Thursday evening approved changes to the Firearms Law. On the one hand, the changes would make it possible for someone to be charged for being in possession of a component of a firearm or its importation, which is not currently the case, and it now spells out fines of up to $5 million for persons in possession of illegal weapons. Former Commissioner of Police Winston Felix underscored the importance of the changes to the law.

The Minister of Home Affairs Clement Rohee said that the illegal trafficking of weapons across the borders continues to be a headache for law enforcement agencies which neither have neither the manpower nor the technology to stem the flow. As a result, he said the government has sought collaboration with border countries. AFC Parliamentarian Moses Nagamootoo stressed the importance of the changes been signed into law and put into effect.

While Minister Rohee spoke on the need for the changes, he was not the one to see the passage of the amendments. The last time he tried to, he was voted down by the opposition who expressed a lack of confidence in him to manage the security sector. Six months after he was voted down, the government returned with the Bill, but it was piloted by the Attorney General, Anil Nandlall.

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