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Stolen licensed guns linked to robberies

Police Commissioner David Ramnarine at lectern addressing a news conference. Also in picture are other senior police officers

Police Commissioner David Ramnarine at lectern addressing a news conference. Also in picture are other senior police officers

Police Commissioner, David Ramnarine on Wednesday said 80 percent of recent robberies were committed with .32 handguns.

He said seven of those were committed with stolen .32 pistols.

He chided licensed firearm holders for betraying the responsibility that had been entrusted to them and instead “contributes to the general endangerment of the society.”

Ramnarine said latest statistics show that seven .32 pistols, one shotgun and one 9MM pistol were stolen since July 2016.

The acting Police Commissioner described such a situation as “ridiculous” and “of serious and grave concern.”

Pointing to a few instances, he said an East Coast Demerara businesswoman left her handgun in her wardrobe and returned home to discover it was stolen during a burglary, an intoxicated and sleepy man took a nap in his vehicle at Plaisance and when he awoke he discovered his phones and gun gone, and in another case a man was assaulted and his gun fell out of his waist at a social gathering.

  • BeFair_SeeClear

    I would place a hult on issuing firearms until the terms of reference are fully reviewed for the issuance of firearms …..one such should be reckless behaviour disqualifies and create the option for revocation of license…..just my thoughts …..people need to be more responsible …..1 strike out ….not 3

    • rs dasai

      And the CRIMINALS?

      • rudeo

        they can have theirs….always protected….bet none ever lost or “stolen”….ha ha

    • Col123

      Halt the issuance of firearms ?…WHY?…I do not like weapons, but I do own several. The CP should embark on a revenue making
      approach to gun issue. Training on gun safety and use with owners paying a cost is appropriate. Those caught without license/training should pay with hard community labor…like emptying the septic tanks in govt building.

  • Col123

    The PC is barking…..grunting…uh..looking up the wrong tree. He is deflecting from the real issue. Bandits with or without guns are the issues!..I would agree that carelessness on the gun owners part is a challenge. Why can’t he mandate a week training for gun safety… at the owners expense, to sustain their license. He is just coming across as another tamil pussy cat like his pm!