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Since the US State Department says this about Belize
Belize has strict laws making possession of a firearm, ammunition, or anti-ballistic body armor illegal unless a valid permit is obtained. Penalties for firearms violations are severe.
How is it that this happened?
Yesterday, Edward Emmanuel Lord, Jr., 28, a resident of Haulze Street, became the victim of a vicious broad-daylight execution on Mahogany Street sometime just before 5:30 p.m.
Police say that his assailant used a machine gun and riddled him with bullets. Attempts on Lord’s life have been made before.
That makes no sense. I’ve checked out Belize’s Firearms Act (PDF) and it specifically says,
35.-(1) Subject to section 33, no person, including a gun-dealer shall own,
keep, carry, use or have in his possession any firearm or ammunition, of the
a) rifle of 7.62 or higher calibre;
b) revolver of .44 or higher calibre;
c) magnum revolver of .357 calibre;
d) sawed-off shotgun of any calibre;
e) machine gun of any calibre.
I mean, how much more clear could the law be?
Yet it happened anyway. It just goes to show you that gun control laws only affect the law abiding. The criminals will just do whatever they want anyway. Do you really think that a person who wants to murder someone will be worried about breaking the firearms law too?
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