Minister wants ‘draconian’ laws against illegal guns

National Security Minister, Hermangild Francis, has called for draconian legislation that would cause persons to think twice before obtaining illegal guns.

The statement comes against the backdrop of a worrying eleven homicides so far for this year.

Francis has said that a penalty of life imprisonment should be imposed for the possession of illegal firearms.

“Persons who are convicted of firearm offences, you go and serve a life sentence because that is  taking peoples lives – so if you are found with a firearm, you are sentenced to life,” the minister told reporters.

Under Saint Lucia’s criminal code, a person who possesses a firearm with intent to injure, threaten or cause injury to person or property is liable on summary conviction  to a fine of not less than $20,000 or to imprisonment for a term of not less than 5 years, or on conviction on indictment to imprisonment for a term of not less than 10 years.

For the use of a firearm or imitation firearm with intent to commit an offence, an individual is liable on summary conviction to a fine of not less than $20,000 or to imprisonment for a term of not less than 7 years; or  on conviction on indictment to a term of imprisonment of not less than 15 years.

That is in addition to any other penalty to which  the perpetrator may be liable.

 

20 Comments

  1. 666
    January 31, 2017 at 12:56 pm

    I agree.

  2. Sharon terrell
    January 31, 2017 at 1:00 pm

    I agree 1million percnt, now that is what i call taking it to the criminals.Am all for it, mr minister. Start right away pass draconian legislation it is.We tired we mad as hell and we cannot take it anymore scream,shout, cry its the same thing,you cannot hear so you must feel.

  3. Sharon terrell
    January 31, 2017 at 1:05 pm

    Yes minister i agree 1 million percent you take a life i will give you life, thats what we need draconian gun laws.We talk, we shout. we scream, we cry, we beg, nothing change.We tired we mad as hell and we not taking it anymore,life sentence it is.Draconian legislation it is start now right away.

  4. Positive...
    January 31, 2017 at 1:12 pm

    Well…Minister you are the policy maker…..that’s what we put you there for….so go on make it into law.

  5. jackal
    January 31, 2017 at 1:14 pm

    life sentence for fire arms..and capital punishment if you found guilt of taking a life willingly..

  6. Anonymous
    January 31, 2017 at 1:16 pm

    Are the present gun related offenses being dealt with in accordance with the established laws?

  7. Anonymous
    January 31, 2017 at 1:34 pm

    Amnesty for anyone who give his or her gun to the Police.

  8. R
    January 31, 2017 at 1:34 pm

    Yes, just do it

  9. Anonymous
    January 31, 2017 at 2:11 pm

    U believe in stiff laws does that include government officials as well the public????. then start solving crimes and tell the police when they get information shut there mouth and investigate. Ohhh tell the USA let our police do there job and watch the crimes slowly drop. Yeh u have city police and night time when vendors are closing u can’t get one police on the streets.

  10. Anonymous
    January 31, 2017 at 2:17 pm

    I like this man Mr Hermangild Francis. I like the ideas you have come up with thus far. It is about time we start taking our country from these criminals and show them who is boss.
    What I want to see and you to talk about is the death penaly for capital punishment. If we cannot go back to hunging, consider firing squad, lethal injection or some sort but we need the death penalty for capital punishment.

    1. 666
      January 31, 2017 at 3:04 pm

      Capital punishment cannot happen, Europe will not allow it and the backlash would be too painful for the economy. We are a tourism-dependent country, you know.

  11. Zombie Apocalypse
    January 31, 2017 at 6:56 pm

    What about having illegally obtained fire arms for the the purpose of protecting my household in the event of possible home invasions as guns aren’t easily optained legally as other countries?

    1. 666
      January 31, 2017 at 9:49 pm

      Then you’d spend the rest of your life I prison.

      1. 666
        January 31, 2017 at 9:49 pm

        *in

  12. Anonymous
    February 1, 2017 at 12:10 am

    Things are coming to come. Am all out for it.

  13. Anonymous
    February 1, 2017 at 4:16 am

    The laws to deal with illegal weapons already exists but are not being implemented. What effort is made by the Police to get the guns from the hands of the criminals? Do we have an intelligent unit to deal specifically with illegal guns. How often do we conduct road blocks in the early hours of the morning especially on Fridays, Wednesdays and weekends? What is the SSU doing except moonlighting by private events? The CID system of work two days in and two days out is nonsense, there is no immediate follow up on reports of house breaking, robbery etc because the investigating officer
    is always off duty. CID must revert to an eight hours shift with three shifts so that the investigators can follow up on his report. Increase the detective and plain clothes allowance also give an incentive for crime detection. Stop this moonlighting thing and let the police do the work that they are paid to do. Give them the equipment that is needed for the job.

    1. Anonymous
      February 1, 2017 at 4:23 pm

      u speak like a police,you should work CID and solve all the crimes.then we will knight you.

  14. da real 666
    February 1, 2017 at 6:44 am

    not for tht i go sell my gun..or give it Away!!

  15. Anonymous
    February 1, 2017 at 4:20 pm

    THINK THIS MINISTER IS CLUELESS ,draconian LAWS , MEANS draconian CRIMES, U DONT NEED TO BE A ROCKET SCIENTIST TO KNOW THAT.

  16. Anonymous
    February 20, 2017 at 5:33 pm

    u really gonna let tax payers feed a man for da rest of his life for posessing an illegal firearm

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