MPs prefer 9mm Lugers to revolvers

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Thirty five new MPs have requested semi-automatic pistols (instead of revolvers) of the type issued to ministers and senior MPs -- in a letter sent to the Parliament authorities.

These MPs, including 2 women, have signed a letter to say they should be provided with same type of 9mm pistols that are given to senior parliamentarians and the ministers, as .38 revolvers are obsolete.

35 (of the 61) first time MPs have sent applications for firearms under parliament members' privileges to the Ministry of Defence through the Parliament authorities.

The Defence Ministry had approved the issue of .38 revolvers to them and informed them of it through the Secretary General of Parliament

A two day training course, on October26 and 27, in the use of firearms, at the Police Special Task Force Training School in Kalutara had also been arranged for these MPs.

The Defence Ministry's letter had also asked them to collect the assigned revolvers from Police Field Force Headquarters prior to the training.

Parliamentary sources said the authorities had arranged to send the letter signed by the new MPs requesting for semi-automatic pistols to the Defence Ministry. (Srinath Prasanna Jayasuriya)
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  • lkboy Monday, 26 October 2015 12:21 PM

    Why? dont they have police protection?

    ANTON Monday, 26 October 2015 12:29 PM

    ARE THEY DOING POLITICS OR PLAYING A COWBOY GAME ???

    Incredulous Monday, 26 October 2015 07:38 AM

    Why is it necessary for MPs to have firearms ? Unlike in the US there is no statutory right to bear arms! We believe the war has ended and the country is at peace. Or do we still feel that this is a a lawless society without the rule of law ? The President and PM should withdraw ALL weapons issued if they believe in a peaceful society.

    chams Monday, 26 October 2015 12:56 PM

    Servants of people or satan of people?

    Andrew Pitugala Monday, 26 October 2015 01:03 PM

    They should all be dressed like western cowboys and they must be given two guns and a horse. All security should be withdrawn.

    surasena Monday, 26 October 2015 08:20 AM

    Only criminals carry weapons except the servicemen who entitled to carry as of their duty. Here , in the land like no other, law makers carry 9mm and Luger(s). God may bless this nation.

    annoyed Monday, 26 October 2015 09:26 AM

    Politicians are always given required security. Them personally having to carry fire-arms is a kind of barometer for the relationship between society and politicians. One who is clean in heart never have to carry any arms.

    BuffaloaCitizen Monday, 26 October 2015 09:57 AM

    Absolutely correct.

    Perumal Monday, 26 October 2015 03:21 PM

    Of course, the MPs have got security, henchmen who always follow them and now, automatic weapons to serve those who voted them

    Regi Monday, 26 October 2015 03:23 PM

    They will be tempted to misuse it

    Appuhami Monday, 26 October 2015 10:04 AM

    What difference between pistol packing MPs and goons?

    DS Monday, 26 October 2015 10:44 AM

    Give all MPs an AK47 and withdraw all security given to them, Thus saving tons of Rupees


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