Debate on the Firearms (Amendment) Bill will be completed when Parliament resumes in September and it will address part of Police Commissioner Gary Griffith’s concerns about the need for stiffer penalties for firearms offences, says National Security Minister Stuart Young.
But Young also says Griffith was right that judicial officers needed to sentence with a degree of conformity.
Police have arrested four people being and have seized three firearms and a quantity of ammunition in an intelligence-driven exercise in Tunapuna, police said in a media statement Monday.
The exercise which began at 3 am Monday, involved officers executing search warrants at two houses along St Augustine Circular, Monte Grande.
There, they discovered one Mac 11 with a magazine containing 15 rounds of ammunition and two Harrisburg pistols along with 12 rounds of ammunition.
A Venezuelan woman and her Trinidadian husband were each granted $150,000 bail on Monday on arms and ammunition charges.
Shannon Lee Mohammed and Yordias del Carmen Ramos Pagoda who were arrested on Saturday appeared before San Fernando Second Court Magistrate Anselm Leander.
The illegal importation of multiple firearms for distribution or resale will carry a penalty of imprisonment for the remainder of a culprit’s natural life under the Firearms (Amendment) Bill which was passed in the Senate on Tuesday.
The bill was passed with amendments with support from Government and Independent senators. The Opposition voted against it. The bill required only a simple majority vote for passage and could have been passed without Opposition votes.
A major push-back on “shooters” and illegal firearms.
That’s what Government’s Firearms (Amendment) Bill, 2019 is intended to serve as, according to National Security Minister Stuart Young.
Commissioner of Police Gary Griffith has revealed that there are “over 50 shooters, linked to various gangs” in this country who are responsible for the “significant number of homicides, via gang activity.”
In a statement released to the media on Monday, the Commissioner said this is the reason why the Bail Amendment Bill is a “critical tool” in being a strong deterrent and ensuring that when criminals are held they remain behind bars.
Five persons were arrested and three firearms, ammunition, and a quantity of marijuana were seized during an anti-crime exercise yesterday.
The exercise, coordinated by Snr. Supt. (Ag.) Curtis Paul was conducted between 1:00 am and 6:00 am on May 21st by officers attached to the St. Joseph Police Station.
According to police reports, during the exercise, officers proceeded to a house at Lower Dookiesingh Street, St. Joseph where they executed a search warrant.
A 31-year-old labourer was arrested and a pistol and a quantity of ammunition seized, by officers of the Siparia Criminal Investigations Department, during an anti-crime exercise yesterday.
According to police reports, during the exercise, officers proceeded to a bar located at Coora Road, Siparia, around 9:45 pm, last night where they had cause to search a 31-year-old labourer.
The search resulted in one pistol loaded with a magazine, containing four rounds of ammunition found in his possession.
Police Commissioner Gary Griffith has assured members of the Chaguanas East electoral district that he is working assiduously to clear the backlog of Firearm User Licenses (FULs). And he is also making it clear that he is not averse to granting citizens gun licenses once they qualify for them.
Griffith made the promise during a meeting at the office of Chaguanas East MP Fazal Karim, where several members of the public and business community raised concerns over the police’s tardiness in granting them gun licenses.
The government will soon take legislation to Parliament to help in ridding illegal firearms from the streets of T&T and putting away offenders and repeat offenders behind bars for a long time.
National Security Minister, Stuart Young on Tuesday lamented the influx of illegal firearms stating that recent statistics showed an estimate of 9,000 guns which include semi-automatic pistols and assault rifles such as the AR 15s and AK47s in the hands of the criminals.