Varma to Gov’t: Give citizens guns!

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Varma to Gov’t: Give citizens guns!

Independent Senator Varma Deyalsingh is calling on the Government to grant citizens more Firearm User’s Licenses (FUL) to help them protect themselves from bandits, as more and more home invasions are reported around the country.

He issued the call while speaking during yesterday’s 2023 Budget debate in the Senate, Deyalsingh, who is also a psychiatrist, said the country was plagued by mental health issues which were caused by excessive crime.

He said he believed this could be solved if citizens were allowed to take control of their lives by arming themselves.

His call comes two weeks after Finance Minister Colm Imbert announced a 100 per cent increase in FUL fees and said the Government intends to restrict citizens from accessing weapons and ammunition.

Over the last few months, business owners and citizens have been attacked in their homes by armed bandits. The owners of R Maye Hardware, Rattans Free Zone and a restaurant owner were among recent victims.

But Deyalsingh also noted the woes of several farmers and fisherfolk who have been victims of robbery. He said these incidents could be avoided if they were properly equipped with firearms.

Deyalsingh also slammed Minister of National Security Fitzgerald Hinds for destroying 7,000 firearms two weeks ago at the Police Academy in St James.