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Nov 18, 2019

Ban Guns says Opposition Leader

John Briceño

Last week, Commissioner of Police Chester Williams met with about twenty-five registered gun dealers in Belmopan. The meeting focused on proposed measures that would effectively increase gun control. One of those measures is an amendment to the Firearms Act which would limit the amount of ammunition that a holder of a gun license would be able to purchase for the year. Currently, registered gun holders can purchase over three thousand rounds a day. The new measure would restrict that number to two hundred per year. The proposal is still under review as clarified by the Ministry of National Security. Opposition Leader John Briceño says that another amendment will not fix the problem of crime.  

 

John Briceño, Leader of the Opposition

“If it was left up to me I would have ban all guns in this country. I don’t own a gun. I don’t ever expect or want to own a gun. When you at Australia, when you look at the UK where they’ve banned the guns murders went down dramatically. Now the problem with this government is that first of all the UDP ministers have been too liberal in issuing gun license so almost everybody has gun licenses. We know what happened but I will not say it but by giving up more guns out there then you see more crime, more murders because it is easier to get a hold of a gun. Even if you have a license gun and they steal it from you, I mean there is a lot of gun to go to steal and that is what happen. The problem is that there are too many amendments. ‘Whenever something goes wrong, let us do an amendment’. They amend it. Just amendments after amendments. The fundamental issue, there are too many guns on the streets of Belize and we need to get them off the streets. What will stop them from going to buy the bullets in Chetumal? Cross border and buy the bullets and bring it back. That by itself is not going to solve the problem.”


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