Support for PNG PM's call to outlaw guns

9:11 am on 4 August 2015

Papua New Guinea's former defence force commander, Major General Jerry Singirok, says he supports the idea of guns being outlawed in the country.

PNG's prime minister says the country doesn't need firearms to control law and order, indicating his government is serious about legislation to that effect.

Peter O'Neill has told parliament that legislation to outlaw guns is being prepared.

Major General Jerry Singirok

Major General Jerry Singirok Photo: AFP

Major General Singirok says PNG has a long-running problem with illegal firearms.

He says a comprehensive 2005 report from a guns control committee which he chaired already outlined the need for outlawing guns.

"Otherwise guns were recommended to be considered outlawed and illegal for any ordinary person to have access to guns other than the security forces, and they too were to come under strict guidelines and security. The report is comprehensive and we are yet to see this government implement the PNG guns control report."