1 Nov 2011

Calls for PNG govt to do more in reducing homemade guns

5:36 am on 1 November 2011

A member of the Pacific Small Arms Action Group says Papua New Guinea's government has to allocate sufficient funding and resources to reduce firearms especially homemade guns.

John Toguata, a former PNG police commander and a spokesman for the Coalition Against Gun Violence, says proliferation of guns is growing, particularly in the Highlands.

Mr Toguata says a major firearms report tabled before government over five years ago has gathered dust while the multi-agency approach it recommends to tackling PNG's gun problem is long overdue.

He says police are generally doing their best but, being poorly resourced, are part of the problem.

"The situation is not under control. There are more guns now in the hands of the wrong people. I say that on the basis of the reports they did across all sectors of society. And the reason for the growth in the number of guns is that people can make their own weapon, and they do, they continuously do that."

John Toguata.