Monday, March 16, 2009

Tired of Waiting for New Gun Law

President Alvaro Colom announced yesterday that in the absence of consensus to approve the new Law of Arms and Ammunition, there are arrangements with the next congress, which begins Tuesday, for the approval of the act to strengthen the prosecution and punishment for possession of illegal weapons.

The new rule, proposed by various blocs in congress, contains the most urgent reforms requested by the International Commission against Impunity in Guatemala (CICIG), and has already reached consensus among the heads of the various blocs.

According to the president, the Law of Arms and Ammunition is key but the legislature continues its discussions, and the national security pact that will be signed by the president in the coming days requires tools to strengthen the prosecution.

According the president of the congress, Roberto Alejos, the proposal would be approved on Thursday and is the merger of five initiatives for reform presented by CICIG last year plus a new Law of Extraditions.

"We will reform the Arms and Ammunition Act, the Penal Code, Criminal Procedure, the Law against Organized Crime and Witness Protection," noted the president of congress.

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