Thursday, September 29, 2022

Saint Lucia Police Concerned Over Modified Firearms In The Hands Of Criminals

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Saint Lucia police are concerned over modified firearms in the hands of criminals amid a spate of gun violence that has prompted Prime Minister Philip J. Pierre to announce plans to introduce ‘draconian’ legislation to address the situation.

“Right now we are stumbling upon prohibited weapons and when I say prohibited weapons I mean weapons that have been modified – weapons that have been adapted to fire multiple rounds,” Sergeant Shervon Matthieu disclosed.

Matthieu spoke Wednesday night during the DBS Television programme Newsmaker Live.

He told programme host Timothy Poleon that  there are Glock pistols with what he described as ‘selectors,’ allowing the discharge of an entire magazine with one trigger squeeze.

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Matthieu observed that when such weapons discharge, there would be multiple casualties.

“it’s a point of concern for us and I believe the powers that be need to move quickly into making amendments as they relate to firearms and possession of firearms,” he stated.

Sergeant Zachary Hippolyte, who also appeared on Newsmaker Live, observed that the lawmakers’ job was to deal with the amendments.

“All we can do is make the recommendations. They would have to answer the question as to why it takes so long,” Hippolyte explained.

In pressing the case for tougher gun laws, he recalled seeing officers risk their lives on missions in the dark in areas where they have to crawl to get an illegal firearm off the streets.

“Sometimes they are successful – an individual charged, brought to the court. Then when you hear the penalty that’s handed down to that accused, you sometimes say to yourself ‘Was it worth it?'” Hippolyte said.

“I think the judiciary needs to do better. They can do better. We can do better. We all can do better to stem this tide of gun violence,” he asserted.

Hippolyte also addressed the notion that criminals have more guns than the police.

“The guys out there don’t have more guns than the police. The thing is that the criminals out there they don’t have a code, they don’t have any form of procedure or law to follow. They are reckless and they would do what they want. The police cannot do that,” he stated.

“We cannot go in Morne du Don or in Gros Islet or anywhere and we just take out an M16, whatever that we have and say ‘Hey, this is what we have’ and burst it for people to hear. Then people would say ‘Oh my goodness, the police have more guns than those guys’,” Hippolyte told Newsmaker Live.

At the same time, the officers acknowledged that crime is not limited to gun violence.

Headline photo (L toR ) Shervon Matthieu & Zachary Hippolyte

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8 COMMENTS

  1. The Streets.of Castries Have no Beat and Patrol by police officers whether by day or by Night .So how can there be Border Line patrol
    This will never Happen

  2. We need to introduce a mandatory 20 years sentence for persons found with an illegal firearm . No bail for them either till trial .
    Stop playing games with innocent citizen lives .

  3. We need to introduce a mandatory 20 years sentence for persons found with an illegal firearm . No bail for them either till trial .
    Stop playing games with innocent citizen lives .

  4. Interesting the Police jibe back at the judiciary which is really those Politicians. Here we hv PJP trying to lay blame on the Police which is ridiculous as a leader. If anyone doesn’t realise that the Solution to our Criminal State lies with the Judiciary which are the Parliamentarians then you are a Party Hack, So if u suffer at the hands of criminals don’t blame anyone and don’t be surprise. Have heard nothing from a speech or even at the budget which indicates that the Parliamentarians have any plan to eradicate crime.

  5. What happened to that case where they guy in the USA was caught shipping guns to st. Lucia.. I am sure that wasn’t the first time. The thing is that we only cry when the event take place free weeks after we revert back to square one

  6. Saint Lucia needs to secure its borders both sea and air if they want to control the proliferation of weapons and other contraband. If we don’t see how the impact of the crisis in Venezuela has affected the crime rates in the chain of islands from Trinidad upwards then we are being short sighted. There are way more weapons on the streets now and I have seen enough crime reports involving Venezuelan gangsters.

  7. “Sometimes they are successful – an individual charged, brought to the court. Then when you hear the penalty that’s handed down to that accused, you sometimes say to yourself ‘Was it worth it?’” Hippolyte said.

    Wow now i see why sometimes the police dont bother but leave the criminals to either kill themselves through gang wars or just let them accumulate more crime on their heads resulting in more time behind bars. also i believe what he said about the criminals dont have more guns than the police but i believe they have more sophisticated weapons than the police. Hello yall dont see the guns From Vieux fort in Dan chorus music videos? boy them things bad

  8. Who is training these criminals to modify weapons when most of those idiots cannot read muchless write their own names?

    Answer : Investigate the foreigners especially Cap Estate and upper class areas. Stop CIP period and make them gain their citizenship. White an training our blacken here in cocaine trade and Guntrade….. Thats your answer.

    Do you lot not realise since CIP has been introduced Crime rate has gone up? Stop CIP let them gain their citizenship like we have to. Too many damned foreigners here owning our land for next to no money whereas if we got to buy ours we got to cash up millions…. Get them out of lucia. Gain your entry like we do.

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