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Parliament Legislates Brand New Gun Crime

…Also widens category of evidence to be used in trials

Kaieteur News (Guyana)

17 January 2014

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[A]t yesterday's sitting, the House voted on and unanimously for the Firearms (Amendment) Bill… illegal possession of a firearm or even a component will carry penalties of fines up to $5M and jail terms up to 10 years…

The Minister did make mention of some other strategies employed, such as the establishment off a special taskforce as well as a firearms unit within the intelligence sectors of the Police, Army and Prison Services…

The House also deliberated on the Evidence (Amendment) Bill which, when assented to, will allow for a greater category of specialists such as ballistics and bacteriologists and fingerprint specialists, among others, to have their reports and certificates allowed to be entered as evidence in trials.

…the Guyana Forensic Laboratory would be coming on stream which would also house the Police Force's forensic laboratory, and as such, there would be a need for the scientific officers' certificates to be made admissible as evidence.

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