Samoa’s Ministry of Police considers gun amnesty
Samoa’s Ministry of Police is considering calling a gun amnesty following concerns over the increasing number of unlicensed and illegal firearms in the community.
The assistant police commissioner, Leaupepe Fatu Pula, says it’s not only the public who are worried but police officers have also raised their concerns.
He says guns were found at a recent police drug raid, and a gun was used recently to kill a local taxi driver.
He also says police are investigating the death of a woman who was killed accidentally by her brother with a gun.
Leaupepe says a gun amnesty would allow people in the possession of illegal firearms to come forward and hand over the weapons to police without facing criminal charges.
The last gun amnesty in Samoa was 2006.