Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Arguments Arise over Gun Control Law

Last Thursday, the judges who listened to the cases of nine persons arrested for violation of the gun control law each adopted different criteria for deciding the status of such persons.

A spokesman for the judiciary said that the judges opinions were based on the view that the legislation does not clearly specify that persons arrested for carrying unlicensed firearms must be sent to prison.

However, various social groups and Oliverio García Rodas of the Partido Patriota (PP) argue that the law is clear in that the section that discusses application of the law against organized crime states that bail shall be denied to those arrested for carrying guns without a license. He went on to say that judges should consider amending article 264 of the Criminal Procedure Code to include these new crimes among those not entitled to bail.

The judge in the Mixco division sent César Augusto Sontay Colón, 32, Héctor Édgar Saldaña, 51, and Jimmy Estrusbal Saldaña Acevedo, 24, to prison, but not for carrying unlicensed weapons but because they had violated restraining orders.

The Court of First Criminal Instance in Nebaj, Quiché, sentenced Nicolás Terraza Santay to house arrest for carrying a firearm without a license. the court decided that the weapon was damaged and had no ammunition.

No comments:

Post a Comment