22 Aug 2011

Police in Solomon Islands ask public to help surrender guns

10:32 am on 22 August 2011

The police in Solomon Islands are calling on members of the public to help them retrieve any guns remaining in the community, after the recent arrest of a man with a firearm.

The Royal Solomon Islands Police has charged a man with possession of a pistol and ammunition after a domestic dispute earlier this month.

The Acting Deputy Police Commissioner Walter Kola believes the man, who is in custody, hadn't surrendered his gun after firearms were made illegal following the ethnic tensions which ended in 2003.

"What we've been doing now is calling on members of the community to give us all the information, probably advising them that if you do know about people possessing guns, they must assist the police in giving all information about anyone who is still in possession of guns."

Walter Kola says the man is expected to face the courts once police complete their investigations in the case.