Perpetrators of firearms related crimes to face stiffer penalties at the courts
An act to regulate the use and distribution of firearms and ammunition in Dominica was just one of two bills that were tabled by the Prime Minister of Dominica and Minister of Finance, Honorable Roosevelt Skerrit, at the eighth meeting of the first session of the eighth parliament, at the house of assembly, earlier today.
While speaking to the media moments before the commencement of parliament, Minister for National Security, Labour, Immigration and the Public Service Honourable Charles Savarin said that the government is deeply concerned about the use and distribution of illegal firearms and the increase in firearms related crimes and therefore believes that it is time that the laws should be enforced.
He said that they are very confident that this new act will serve as a deterrent to the perpetrators of such crimes.
The second bill that was tabled by the Prime Minister was geared at making provisions for the registration, supervision, governance and management of cooperative societies while the third bill which was tabled by the Minister of Tourism and Legal Affairs Honourable Ian Douglas sought to establish legal principles that are applicable to electronic transactions.
During his presentation of the supplementary estimates for the financial year ending June 30th, 2011, the Prime Minister also sought approval for supplementary estimates amounting to EC $52,407,434.23 which will see funds being allocated for a number of new projects on the island including the new Dominica State College, the new State House, the Melville Hall Fire Station and the completion of the Grand Bay Police Station, to name a few.
The one question listed on the order paper came from the member for the Salisbury Constituency and leader of the opposition, Mr. Hector John, and was directed to the Prime Minister regarding his official travels from December 19th, 2009 to present.