One more week for Samoa's gun amnesty

There is only one week left in Samoa's gun amnesty programme, and the police commissioner is urging anyone with illegal or unregistered weapons and ammunition to hand them in.

Egon Keil says 148 guns have been turned in, including 22 shotguns, 11 assault rifles, as well as handguns and other firearms.

Keil says the assault weapons which have been turned in are the type used in recent terrorist attacks in Paris, which are illegal in Samoa.

Police officers have undergone training in the certification and licensing of weapons and only ten gun licences have been issued so far.

Keil has warned weapons or ammunition found after the deadline could result in a 5 year jail term.

     

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Radio New Zealand International