Thai Government Expedites Firearm Control Efforts

BANGKOK (NNT) – In a recent statement, the Minister of Interior has outlined the progress in strengthening firearm control. He emphasized the legal framework and law enforcement collaboration in maintaining public safety and limiting civilian gun possession.

Anutin Charnvirakul, the Deputy Prime Minister and Interior Minister, discussed advancements in firearm regulations, stating that his ministry performs its duties by registering and issuing licenses for firearm possession and carrying.

He expressed gratitude towards the police for their cooperation, acknowledging that without their help, the Ministry’s work would be challenging. The Interior Minister highlighted the role of administrative governance while law enforcement is primarily the responsibility of the police.

Anutin stated that, in Thailand, citizens legally own over 10 million firearms, raising the question of why so many Thais possess guns. He insisted on assuring the public that laws and the state are there to protect them, not the widespread carrying of guns for self-defense. He stressed that the ease of obtaining firearms contributes to the problem and that this is not acceptable.

Deputy Prime Minister Anutin also remarked that since his appointment, the Ministry of Interior must ensure that firearms are not viewed as an option for citizens, and he is committed to enforcing strict control over gun possession. He urged all state agencies to take serious and stringent actions to apply the laws effectively to address this issue.

The preceding is a press release from the Thai Government PR Department.

Goongnang Suksawat
Goong Nang is a News Translator who has worked professionally for multiple news organizations in Thailand for many years and has worked with The Pattaya News for more than four years. Specializes primarily in local news for Phuket, Pattaya, and also some national news, with emphasis on translation between Thai to English and working as an intermediary between reporters and English-speaking writers. Originally from Nakhon Si Thammarat, but lives in Phuket and Krabi except when commuting between the three.