Thai PM orders tighter gun management, medicine crackdown after mass killing By Reuters


© Reuters. Individuals pray at Wat Si Uthai temple following a mass capturing within the city of Uthai Sawan, Nong Bua Lam Phu province, Thailand October 10, 2022. REUTERS/Athit Perawongmetha

BANGKOK (Reuters) – Thai Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha on Monday ordered regulation enforcement businesses to tighten gun possession guidelines and crack down on drug use following a mass killing by an ex-policeman at a daycare centre that left has the nation in shock.

A complete of 36 individuals together with 24 youngsters have been killed in a knife and gun rampage final week by an ex-cop who later killed himself in Uthai Sawan, a city 500 km (310 miles) northeast of Bangkok. It was one of many worst little one dying tolls in a bloodbath by a single killer in current historical past.

Prayuth has instructed authorities to proactively search and take a look at for the usage of illicit medicine amongst officers and communities, and step up therapy for addicts, authorities spokesperson Anucha Burapachaisri mentioned in an announcement.

The prime minister has ordered authorities registrars to revoke the gun licenses of registered homeowners who’ve reportedly behaved in a method that “threatens society” and “creates chaos or causes unrest”, Anucha mentioned, alongside a crackdown on unlawful gun gross sales, weapons smuggling, and the usage of unlawful firearms.

Thai authorities plan to recall weapons from officers and cops who’ve misused their firearms or have behaved aggressively on responsibility.

Common psychological well being checks will even be required for gun license candidates and holder, Police Chief Police Basic Damrongsak Kittprapas advised reporters.

Gun possession is excessive in Thailand in contrast with another international locations in Southeast Asia. Unlawful weapons, many introduced in from strife-torn international locations, are widespread.

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