7 Sep 2006

Samoa police minister reminds public to hand over illegal guns

9:51 am on 7 September 2006

Samoa's Minister of Police, Tole'afoa Apulu Fa'afisi, has called for more public co-operation for the voluntary return of all unlawful, and unlicensed firearms to the police.

The minister's call comes at the closure of a four week amnesty period for unlawful weapons and illegal firearms.

Tole'afoa believes there are many members of the public who are in the possession of such weapons and says the door is still open for them despite the end of the amnesty period.

The idea he says behind the one month amnesty was to protect people from incidents and crimes which had cost lives because of carelessness in handling weapons.

Over 360 firearms were handed to police during the amnesty period.

That total includes firearms returned for registration and licensing.