FRANCE’S SENATE APPROVES THE RIGHT OF POLICE TO CARRY WEAPONS OFF DUTY


22/03/2021




Aslıhan DOĞRU -TDO- The French Senate passed an article under the "General Security Act" that allows law enforcement to carry weapons in public places and out of their duties.

The General Security Act passed 214 senators voted "yes", while 121 voted no.

With the adopted law, police and gendarmes can now be found with their weapons out of office hours in public places such as museums, theaters, cinemas and shopping malls.

"The last thing we need today is the presence of gunmen at festivals, bars, clubs or anywhere in public without our knowledge," environmental senator Thomas Dossus said.

Sylvie Robert of the Socialist Party said there could be serious dangers to public safety if a gun falls or is stolen.

Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin said in a statement that France has been targeted by terrorist attacks on several occasions, and that it will serve to protect the public from terrorists, who are uncertain when they will appear.


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