Officers raise concern over firearms build-up, condemn gun trade in Highlands


THE firearms build-up in the Highlands are grave and worrying, Eastern End commander ACP Joseph Tondop says.
“Those involved in gun trade must stop or face the full force of the law,” he said.
ACP Tondop said police and Papua New Guinea Defence Force soldiers were working on a pre-election security operations plan.
“From our intelligence, the region is not safe as the firearm build-up is a serious threat to communities,” he said.
“We believe most of the firearms are entering the region because of the 2022 general election.
“Police will be working on a grace period for the firearms to be surrendered to the State.
“Those buying guns must be careful of their actions because police will be hard on them.
“We are also working on the election plan by trying to help the electoral commission with its election preparation awareness programms.
“Members of the disciplined forces are also working on pre-election operations with the remaining months and firearms build-up is a prime concern now.
“Everyone in the highlands must work together to identify the dealers and buyers and report them to the authorities.
“We want those guns to be surrendered and destroyed to ensure communities remain safe and peaceful. These weapons can cause massive destruction and killings.
“We will use any means of force to seize such weapons.”

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