Saddam Claims Gun-Free Zones for Schools, Courts, Bars, Banks…

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By Prior Beharry

BARATARIA/San Juan MP Saddam Hosein says he is in possession of a Trinidad and Tobago Police Service (TTPS) memo for creating gun-free zones in institutions such as churches, schools, courts and bars.

Speaking at the United National Congress (UNC) political meeting at the Brazil High School in the constituency of La Horquetta/Talparo on Monday evening, he said the memo from the Office of the Commissioner of Police was titled: Request for Consultation and stakeholder comments on the Firearms Control Bill.

Hosein said the People’s National Movement (PNM) wants to change the law for gun ownership in Trinidad and Tobago.

He said, “They want to create something called a gun-free zone… It means that even if you have a legal firearm, you cannot go into that place.”

Hosein said the new gun-free zones being suggested were the Parliament, courts of law, schools, colleges, universities, childcare centres, places of worship, community centres, banks, and other financial institutions, taverns, bars and any government building that is deemed to be a gun-free zone.

He said this will put people’s lives in danger.

Hosein said, “So a businessman going to the bank to withdraw money, where’s he going to keep his gun?”

He said that criminals will know the bank was a gun-free zone, “so what you are doing is that you are increasing the risk of this man getting robbed because the criminals know when he leaves the bank, he have no firearm on him.”

Hosein said the problem with crime in the country was illegal firearms not legal ones.

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