Govt toughens up on illegal use of firearms

Prime Minister Peter O'Neill has announced that the National Executive Council has formally endorsed amendments to the Firearms Act that will increase penalties for offenders, and will work with the Government's commitment to modernise the Royal Papua New Guinea Constabulary.

In making the announcement, the Prime Minister said there is no excuse for the illegal use of firearms, so criminals caught with weapons will be sentenced to long periods in jail and pay a significant amount of money in fines.

NCD police to carry out guns audit

Kalaut tells PNG Loop that he will be drafting directions to carry out a stock take of the Metropolitan command’s armoury..

He says that in this way they will account for all police issued weapons on hand.

He says that disciplinary action pending an investigation will be carried out on any personnel who cannot account for his or her issued firearm.

Kalaut assures that this audit is among measures taken to ensure that the command can account for all their logistics on hand as well as re-establish the chain of command among their rank and file.

VIDEO: Police destroy 14,000 illegal guns

South Africa's National Police Commissioner Riah Phiyega said that more than 11,500 of the firearms that were melted down were illegal - most of them handguns.

Adele Kirsten, spokeswoman for the lobby group Gun Free South Africa, said stricter laws since 2001 and the destruction of illegal firearms had halved the country's gun death rate and changed an apartheid-era culture of civilians carrying arms.