8 Feb 2012

Cooks police favour tighter gun ownership laws

2:25 pm on 8 February 2012

The Cook Islands police commissioner says there's a need to tighten gun ownership laws which haven't been updated since 1968.

A committee is being set up to look at ownership and licencing.

The police commissioner, Ma'ara Tetava, says it's time to modernise the existing ordinance to improve control of firearms.

He says the only limit on gun owners at the moment is the need for an import permit from the police minister.

Mr Tetava says they want a licencing system which involves testing of gun owners.

"To show that they have some knowledge of firearm laws and some experience, or are capable of handling firearms before we issue licences or permits to them. So it's tightening the process of gun ownership and gun security in the Cook Islands."