22 Sep 2011

PNG's Singirok urges action to remove illegal guns

2:18 pm on 22 September 2011

The chair of the Papua New Guinea Gun Control Committee, Major-General Jerry Singirok, says the government must act urgently on its recommmendations on how to remove illegal guns from the community.

The committee issued a report six years ago but to date leaders haven't acted on it.

The former army chief's comments come as the PNG UN resident, David McLachlan-Karr, says gun control is a matter of urgency and the acting police commissioner, Fred Yakasa, speaking after a spate of retaliatory killings in Enga, also expressed concern at the lack of action.

Major-General Jerry Singirok says the proliferation of guns poses a growing threat to residents and investors, and government must act as a matter of priority.

"The Government need to strengthen state institutions who've already constitutional or responsibility like the police force and customs, and various government agencies to empower them, resource them so that they can continue to apprehend, prosecute those who are caught using illegal guns."