The discovery of a deadly AK47 assault rifle in Morne Du Don has created some level of uneasiness and started a discussion with regards to what these weapons could be used for.
National Security Minister, Victor La Corbiniere, said while he would not like to comment much on the issue, given the ongoing police investigation, he did admit that it is troubling.
Nevertheless, the minister said the police will continue to be proactive to deal with all aspects of criminality on the island and he would expect the Police Chief to address this issue at some point.
“It is always troubling. I am the Minister of National Security, so I know the landscape and I know what is here and what we have to do to bring in the guns from the streets,” he explained.
But La Corbiniere said it is no secret that high powered weapons are on the island, stating that the police are strategizing all the time, and targeting individuals who they believe have these weapons.
“But it’s a cat and mouse game. The criminals are the more educated type of criminals. They are not the average criminal that you saw 30 years ago. They too are strategizing to try to beat law enforcement.”
However, the minister pointed out that some progress is being made, although “it’s slow and painful”. But the Police Force, he said, continues to be very committed in trying to ensure safety for citizens.
La Corbiniere had said that the importation of illegal firearms here, is mostly linked to the drug trade.
The high power rifle was discovered by police in an abandoned building on Monday.