Francis calls for life sentences for possession of illegal guns
Created : 31 January 2017
Reacting to the wave of recent homicides, National Security Minister Hermangild Francis is now advocating for life sentences to be implemented for those guilty of illegal possession of firearms.
Speaking to reporters, Francis expressed a view that persons convicted of possessing illegal firearms should serve life sentences as a means of deterring violent crime.
This would represent a massive shift in sentencing as depending on the kind of infraction, people can serve as little as 5 years in prison or pay as little as a $20,000 fine upon summary conviction for illegal possession of a firearm. The most extreme offence currently garners a sentence of a minimum of 15 years.
The police revealed that they seized 35 illegal firearms over the course of 2016. They say that illegal firearms are often at the centre of the nation’s most serious violent crimes.
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