Angola: Attorney-General Backs Crackdown On Illegal Firearms Possession

Luanda — The Attorney-General, João Maria de Sousa, has defended the application of severe punitive measures on individuals found in possession of illegal firearms.

João Maria de Sousa has defended this stance at the session that discussed, in specialty, the State Budget Draft for 2013, with the coordination of the 1st and 10th Commissions of the National Assembly.

The magistrate said that this measure is justified by the fact that the country has recorded a high number of firearms out of the control of the National Police and the Armed Forces (FAA), calling for the need to introduce measures to ensure the collection of guns.

According to him, crime is not fought only with repression of criminals or court trials, "otherwise we are not going to lower the crime rate".

In his analysis, crime comes from various social factors and in order to combat serious crimes that concern the society more, such as those committed through the use of firearms and other violent means, it is necessary to take other measures which are not of the responsibility of the justice administration sector.

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