guns

Young sides with CoP: Some firearm offenders get off too easy

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.

Four held as police seize firearms in Tunapuna

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.

Gun smugglers face life in jail

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.

CoP blames 50 shooters for rise in homicides, lob­bies for no bail for gun of­fend­ers

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.

Police seize guns and ammunition during anti-crime exercise

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.

Labourer held with gun and ammunition

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.

Griffith fine with giving citizens guns

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.

New gun laws coming: No bail for 120 days for firearm possession

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.

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