Arms Amendment Bill A Must For Pacific Games

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Tina Mata'afa-Tufele is a Pasifika journalist that has been writing and covering news related to the Samoan experience for over a decade. She's written for Samoa News in American Samoa, Tuatalatala.com (covering news from Hawaii, the U.S.

  • AMENDING ARMS​​​​​​​ LAW Police Commissioner Fuaivailiili Egon Keil explains arms amendment bill needed for Pacific Games in 7 July in Samoa.
    AMENDING ARMS​​​​​​​ LAW Police Commissioner Fuaivailiili Egon Keil explains arms amendment bill needed for Pacific Games in 7 July in Samoa.

An Arms Amendment Bill necessary for the Pacific Games is to be tabled in the session of Parliament starting tomorrow morning Tuesday 18 June 2019.

The amendment must be passed to legalize the possession and use of selected firearms and ammunition for shooting competition in the Pacific Games starting on the 7 July in Samoa.

The Commissioner of Police, Fuiavailili Egon Keil went over the proposed bill in a pre-sitting session of Members of Parliament this morning.

Currently, only three types of guns are lawful in Samoa: the shotgun (12 gauge and 16 gauge), the 22 rifle and the air rifle.

Commissioner Fuiavailili referred to these firearms as "the lawful three."

"But they still require a license," Fuiavailili pointed out.

In past Games hosted by Samoa, guns used by athletes in the sport of shooting were used against the law.

Once the amendment is passed in the House, athletes under the age of 21 will be allowed to use certain firearms (and ammunition), the 22-round pistol and the 38 pistol, in training and during the Pacific Games.

"That's the one," Fuiavailiili told members of Parliament.

Unless the bill passes, shooting athletes under the age of 21, "even at the range," are using their guns unlawfully.

"Technically speaking," said Fuiavailiili.

Local shooters can also use this law to train for other Games, he noted.

Members of Parliament raised a host of issues in relation to the bill including licensing and monitoring.