Tuesday’s fatal shooting of 24-year-old miner, Colin Perreria, in Tucville, Georgetown, has left Public Security Minister Khemraj Ramjattan more determined to control firearm holders.
Speaking with reporters recently, Ramjattan disclosed that he intends to conduct a yearly review on all licensed firearm holders to ensure that they are still compatible with the criteria for issuance.
He explained that this is being done since the personality of people often change as they get older and they might not be as sound as they would have been at the time when they were evaluated before being issued with the firearm licence.
In this regard, the Minister said he intends to conduct new evaluation and review of firearm licence holders when they turn-up to renew their licences every year.
“I intend to go back and do the checks every year because some of these people get old and they get depressed, who were very valid applicants years ago. So we have to do an ongoing process and if the ongoing process is going to realise a revocation, I think it is good because after getting (the licences) you are not the same persons from age 25 to age 75,” he pointed out.
Ramjattan went on to talk about the Tucville shooting, noting that it was a very sad situation thus solidifying his approach to evaluate licence holders.
“It’s an extremely sad story; I would not believe that someone, from what I’m being told, just sees a car turn into his driveway and then he come down like a cowboy and start shooting… what is that? We got a lot of people that are not mentally sound in this place and they carry arms,” the Minister remarked.