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President wants more gun control to prevent crime

The President, João Lourenço, was this Friday concerned with the increase in crime in the country and defended greater control over private security companies and their weapons.

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"We have recently seen an increase in violent crimes committed on public roads or with intrusion into the victims' homes, which leads to the conclusion that there is a large number of weapons outside the control of the authorities and that they easily end up in the hands of of miscreants," said the chief executive, in his message to the Nation, which marked the opening of the parliamentary year.

João Lourenço urged the National Police to exercise greater control over private security companies "which must not carry weapons of war and whose weapons must be periodically accounted for and registered by the competent authorities."

"The sources of supply of weapons to criminals must be discovered, neutralized and those responsible brought to justice", he also appealed.

The President was also concerned about the resurgence of mining in border areas and in the center of the country, a situation that "urgently halts", as well as fuel smuggling in the North, which contributes to depleting net international reserves since almost all of fuel is imported.

He considered, therefore, that this practice "attacks the national economy", in addition to being a matter of national security.

The reform of the justice and law system will contribute to the fight against crime, seeking to provide the judiciary system with the most appropriate instruments to fight crime, he continued, indicating that this reform is at the center of the executive's priorities.