Call for tougher firearm stance
FOLLOWING THE SHOOTING DEATHS of two St Philip men on Independence Day, acting Attorney General Michael Lashley wants a tougher stance against firearm crimes.
“I am concerned with the gun crimes we are having. We have to have discussions on it and I believe we need to deal with the firearm problem – confront it and deal with it frontally,” he said yesterday.
“I am speaking to the legislation. While we need to reform our . . . Firearms Act, and the substantive Attorney General is working very hard on that, we also need to look at the root causes, solutions and getting programmes in place that would stem this behaviour,” he said.
In the meantime, Lashley expressed his condolences to the families of Dwayne Burgess of Marley Vale and Shane Nurse of Ruby Tenantry, both of whom he said he knew. The shootings took place around the time the St Philip Carnival was climaxing. (CA)
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