BVI Leader, Premier Dr. the Hon. D. Orlando Smith announced that the promised Gun Control legislation will be before the House of Assembly in early 2015.
The BVI Leader made the promise in his Christmas message as he reflected on the passing of Paul Prentice, who was shot in Road Town recently. Hon. Smith said: “Less than two weeks ago a young man was gunned down just after dusk in the middle of Road Town. My deepest sympathy goes out to the parents of this young man as your Christmas must be filled with sadness. .. I commend the RVIPF and indeed this whole community for their efforts in finding the perpetrator of this heinous crime.”
The Premier added: “I take this opportunity to reiterate that there will be zero tolerance for gun violence in this community. My Government will therefore amend the Firearms and Air Guns Ordinance in the first quarter of 2015 to introduce mandatory penalties and gun control.”
On 17 November while on the NDP Radio Program Hon. Smith announced that efforts are being made to get the said legislation to the House of Assembly. He announced: “On the matter of gun crime, this is something that we are determined to pursue, and we have had many meetings, several discussions with the authorities’ concerned.”
“As a matter of fact, this is a piece of legislation that is now being reviewed, and we will continue to pursue it. So, it will soon come to the table, and something will be done about gun crime here,” the Premier added.