Firearms offenders to face tougher penalties

Consecutive sentences for multiple firearm offences and longer imprisonment upon conviction are among the measures Government is introducing to combat gun crime.

Attorney General and Minister of Legal Affairs Dale Marshall piloted the Firearms (Amendment) Bill, 2022 in the House of Assembly on Friday and said it was aimed at sending a clear message to would-be criminals.

“A person who’s been found guilty of a firearm offence shall on conviction on indictment in the case of a first offence be sentenced to imprisonment for not less than ten years and not more than 20. In the case of a second or subsequent offence, be sentenced to imprisonment for life or a lesser term not being 20 years,” the amendment said in part.

However, there are some exceptions which judges can take into consideration. (Nation News)

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