Police Commissioner Cyril Carrette has voiced support for the 2011 Firearms Act which was passed in parliament recently.
The Act seeks to regulate the use and distribution of firearms and ammunition in Dominica and to address related matters. It also paves the way for the imposition of significantly increased penalties.
Carrette says this will strengthen the hands of the police in dealing with firearm related offenses.
“There have been a lot of firearm related offenses and persons believe that they can just wantonly use firearms and they will escape. With the passage of this Act I think the hands of the police, law enforcement and the judiciary have been strengthened. Persons before engaging in illegal acts requiring the use of firearms will have to think twice. We will spare no effort at enforcing the law with regard to the Firearms Act. I saw where they are increasing the penalties and I am happy about it,” he said.
The Commissioner is especially pleased with part six of the Act which specifically addresses the issue of imitation firearms. It seeks to regulate the use of realistic imitation firearms in Dominica.
“Around the Christmas time, you see a lot of children with firearms that look real and they are becoming more real these days. I days gone by, a guy would have a little capsule gun. Right now, they have taken it to another level beyond the capsule gun stage and these firearms look real. Anyone wanting to commit robberies and other crimes with the use of firearms, when they come to you, you have no way to discern whether it is a real firearm or an imitation. Therefore, we are very happy that the Government has seen it fit to strengthen the law enforcement in our efforts at fighting crimes with the use of firearms,” Carrette said.
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