Thailand to control use of police firearms

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Pol Gen Damrongsak Kittiprapas, commissioner of the Royal Thai Police, said that he met the permanent secretary for interior this morning and discussed measures to control the use of police gun for the sake of safety.

The Royal Thai Police Office plans to recall firearms from the police who misbehave, in order to prevent the Nong Bualamphu massacre from recurring.

Pol Gen Damrongsak Kittiprapas, commissioner of the Royal Thai Police, said that he met the permanent secretary for interior this morning and discussed measures to control the use of police gun for the sake of safety.



One measure was to recall firearms from the police and government officials who had government firearms or received gun possession licenses but were aggressive or abuse their firearms, he said. The measure would also be applied to retirees, the police chief said.

Such government officials were not qualified to have a gun and all of them would have to return their firearms to prevent the recurrence of any tragedy like the massacre at the child development center in Nong Bua Lam Phu province, Pol Gen Damrongsak said.



He also said that applicants for gun possession licenses would have to file their mental health certificates and licensees would have their mental health checked regularly.

Pol Gen Damrongsak said that the prime minister convened representatives of the police, the Interior Ministry and relevant organizations on Oct 12 to discuss effective gun control and narcotic suppression. Participants in the meeting would work out effective measures for the purposes, he said. (TNA)