World Bulletin/News Desk
A parliamentary sub-commission has approved a new proposal that gives the right to purchase heavy weaponry to the National Police Department.
The Weapons Sub-commission of the parliamentary Interior Affairs Commission on Wednesday approved a proposal that will enable the police force to import heavy weaponry, including tanks. CHP İstanbul deputy Celal Dinçer inquired who will decide what purchases the police department will make. Officials of the National Police Department in attendance at Wednesday's commission meeting said as per the proposal that the matter will be decided by regulations on the authority of police chiefs.
The proposal has also caused envy, and some controversy. Forestry Ministry representatives argued that their ministry also acts as a security force at times, and therefore should be given the right to import weaponry. Representatives of the Customs and Trade Ministry have also argued they should have the same right, as they usually serve as general security forces, monitoring smuggling.
Representatives of the Defense Ministry and the General Staff who attended Wednesday's meeting did not raise any objections to the newly given power of the National Police Department. In 2009, when the draft weapons law was being discussed at the commission, the General Staff had raised written objections to granting the Police Department and the National Intelligence Organization (MİT) the right to purchase arms from third countries.
The new bill also introduces changes to regulations regarding small firearms. Representatives of the anti-gun group Umut Foundation requested the commission to increase the age for gun permits to 21, demand a report on the mental state of the prospective purchaser and require spousal consent for purchasing a gun.Last Mod: 17 Mayıs 2013, 16:57