18 Sep 2008

PNG Police Minister details widespread use of guns by criminals

3:11 pm on 18 September 2008

Papua New Guinea's Police Minister says sixty per cent of crimes involve small arms and light weapons.

The newspaper, the National, reports Sani Rambi as saying while tougher legislation is needed to control their use and remove illicit arms from communities, the Government has to create incentives for weapons to handed in voluntarily.

Mr Rambi says small arms and light weapons are fast becoming a means of security and protection as well as a flourishing business.

He says the practical strategy is to look at border management issues, small arms and light weapons stockpile management and capacity and links to transnational crimes.

In 2004, a guns control committee drafted 244 recommendations of which 30 were endorsed by Cabinet in 2005.