A CHINESE man has been charged with attempted murder following a roadside shooting in Port Moresby early this month.
Leon Shi, in his late 30s, was charged with two counts of attempted murder yesterday and was granted bail after appearing in court yesterday.
The charge stemmed from a shooting incident near the Phoenix Restaurant at Gordon on Nov 7.
NCD Central commander acting assistant commissioner Awan Sete said Shi was alleged to have fired several shots at two occupants of another vehicle but no one was hurt.
Mr Sete said the shooting came days after Police Commissioner Gari Baki reiterated his call to stem the proliferation of firearms in the country.
“All licenced gun holders must observe the stringent rules and regulations concerning the use of firearms, stipulated under the Firearms Act,” he said.
“The guns issue is a critical subject, affecting all sectors of our society and because of the severity of his issue the police will come down hard on anyone who commits a firearms offence.
“We already have an indefinite moratorium banning the issuance of new guns licences and will not tolerate further abuses by gun-holders who were in possession of licenses issued prior to the declaration of the ban.
“The State will immediately seize a firearm from anyone who abuses the privilege of owning a firearm licence,” Mr Sete said.