Gros Islet Police Confiscate Two Licensed Firearms

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Gros Islet police have confiscated two licensed firearms and briefly detained the men who owned them, in a probe into the discharge of weapons in a public place, law enforcement officials have confirmed.

According to the officials, the police were acting on reports that firearms were discharged into the air at Bois D’Orange last week with bullets striking a private residence.

Residents of the area reported that the weapons were discharged about 11.00 pm.

According to the law regarding the discharge of a weapon in a public place:

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(1)   A person shall not discharge any firearm or ammunition within 100 yards of any public road or in any public place except—

(a)     in the protection of his or her person or property or the person or property of another person;

(b)     under the direction of a civil or military authority authorised to give such direction;

(c)     with the permission of the appropriate authority.

(2)   A person shall not discharge a firearm or ammunition within 100 yards of a dwelling house or discharge a firearm or ammunition to the damage or danger of any person in a dwelling house except—

(a)     in the protection of his or her person or property or the person or property or another person;

(b)     under the direction of a civil or military authority authorised to give such direction;

(c)     with the permission of the appropriate authority.

(3)   Where a contravention of subsection (1) occurs, a police officer may without warrant enter any premises on which he or she has reasonable cause to believe such contravention was committed and seize any firearm or ammunition found which he or she has reasonable cause to believe was used in such contravention and may retain such firearm or ammunition for the purpose of any investigation or legal proceedings, until such investigation or legal proceedings are concluded.

One law enforcement official expressed concern about persons who seek to violate the law at times in a bid to impress or intimidate others when no actual threat exists.

The Royal Saint Lucia Police Force would not be drawn on how many legal firearms are in the possession of private citizens, asserting that it is a matter of national security.

 

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