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Some gun licences to be revoked- Ramjattan

Scores of gun licenses are about to be revoked in the coming months, in keeping with a decision by the government to weed out those that had been wrongfully issued, no long required or are in the hands of mentally unstable persons, Public Security Minister, Khemraj Ramjattan said Sunday.

“It would be a massive, massive exercise so that is the difficulty but for the sake of the security of this nation I, as minister, will not make the massiveness of the exercise an obstacle towards achieving the purpose,” he told Demerara Waves Online News. The Minister said the process has already started.

Ramjattan said Police Commissioner, Seelall Persaud and Divisional Commanders are to be involved in conducting the required checks to ascertain whether gun licences should be re-granted at the time of expiration.

Among the recipients of gun licences under then Home Affairs Minister, Ronald Gajraj had been late death squad member, Axel Williams

He explained that the review would entail conducting new background checks to ascertain whether gun license holders were eligible in the first place, whether their businesses have gone bankrupt and so they do no longer need guns because they are no longer handling large sums of money and if psychiatric evaluations show that they are depressed. Recently, an elderly gold miner shot his wife in her mouth before committing suicide.

“We might have to do a kind of s continuing assessment so that notwithstanding you have been granted it, that necessarily means that when you come back for renewal you’ll get it again,” Ramjattan said.

There are at least 10,000 licensed firearms in the hands of civilians.

The decision to review and possibly revoke firearm licences has followed a gun amnesty less than one month ago.

Firearm licences are issued after consideration by the Firearm Licensing Board.

  • Col123

    Question: How many of these licensed weapons were used in crimes?…or the permit owners?

    • Charles Selman

      Shouldn’t the emphasis be on getting unlicensed weapons off the streets?
      Why are the priorities so warped? How many legit weapons Vs illegit weapons have been used to commit crimes in this country?
      Why doesn’t the Minister weed out the corrupt cops from the Force? Or he is scared?
      Selman

    • Reason

      One is too many.

    • DAN JUAN DEMARCO

      YOU ARE ASKING THE WRONG MAN, ASK DONALD RAMOTAR AND THE OTHER ONE JOEY

      • Col123

        Lets stay in the present…it is more of a civic discussion…nothing to gain from reflecting to the past…we can do something about this…with desired result…

  • Ah Nanimus

    I wish he would go after the bandits’ guns with the same enthusiasm.

  • M Nicols

    ‘BREAKING: Some gun licences to be revoked- Ramjattan’
    And what about the big guns and their thugs with unlicensed arms?
    Where is the program to rid them of these weapons?

  • Lance Vance

    EVERY DAY CRIMINALS R KILLING BUSINESSMEN & THIS JACKA## CANT COME UP WITH A SOLUTION ,BUT HE HAD ALL THE SOLUTION WHEN PPP WAS IN GOVT.NOW I SICK CHAP TRY TO KILL HIS WIFE & SELF,NOW RUMJATT , MOSES, GRANGER & HERMAN WILL TAKE AWAY LEGAL GUNS FROM SOME PEOPLE & EVERY BODY KNOW THE PNC CRIMINALS HAVE MORE THAN 2 TIMES THE GUNS OF BUSINESS PEOPLE,PNC WANT TO TAKE THE GUNS A LONG TIME,THEY WERE WAITING FOR AN EXCUSE,NOW ONLY THE PNC THIEF MAN HAVE THE GUNS,LET THE RACE BEGIN,I SOMETIMES WONDER HOW THESE ASSHO%%%LOOK @ THERE FACES IN THE MIRROR.

  • cuffy

    Is this guy out of his mind,before going after criminals with unlicensed guns he is going after law abiding citizens,imagine what will happen to the crime rate,on the other hand the military is being refurbished,is this cockeyed logic?

  • Kassee

    Nothing said of people who really need and applied for gun licenses.Like businessmen and farmers of proven good character.Many good people r given the run around.Sure,this will continue.Need to concentrate more also, on how to get illegal weapons from off the streets which criminals use.Sure,many who r from the opposition or r perceived to be so,will lose their weapons.Even if they need it or got it by legal means.

  • Reason

    Good move minister. Too many guns in the town. I remember when Gajraj was selling licensing for the highest bidder. The chickens have come home to roost due to the ambience created by dem.

    Revoke the licenses from those that don’t deserve it. Our country is haven for too many criminal activities due to the gun. Another scourge is the high rates of suicides.

    We have to have a civil country.

    • Col123

      The minister can reform the entire system to bring the nation into this century. There should be strict certification/training / safety requirements with licensing for gun owners …with the costs of the program assigned to those licensees..

    • rudeo

      do those who dont deserve the guns include the al capones out there?

  • Rexy Romeo

    I have to admit, this man is comedy to the max! Most businessmen will now give up their protection and the thieves will keep their tool to do their job? I am sure this man is aware that the crime is due to robberies and not a license fire arm holder shooting people….So where is this comedy coming from? Again, like Jaggy said, these minsters have no plan…ALL the have is a lightning plan…..LOL About to give lights and no fire….I ponder this man skills as a minister…..

  • Arthur Young

    According to the NRA, ‘ Guns don’t kill people. People kill people’. But if less guns were out there, less people would die. The Wild West is still here.