PEOPLE in Trinidad and Tobago convicted of being in the possession of illegal firearms now face stiffer penalties including life imprisonment.
This after the Government with the support of the Opposition passed the Firearms Bill late Monday night.
This new legislation when promulgated will increase the penalties for firearms possession and if a person chalks up a third firearms offence he could spend the rest of his natural life in jail.
The bill has also introduced the offences of trafficking in firearms and being in the possession of prohibited weapons.
During debate Prime Minister Keith Rowley slammed the contribution of UNC MP for Naparima Rodney Charles.
Rowley said Charles was trying to send the message that the legislation was aimed at the children of former slaves.