A firearm does not have to be whole to be considered a firearm under the laws of Belize. That is the reason why two young men are in Central Prison at Hattieville.
21 year old Akeem Requena and 19 year old David Mas are accused of keeping component parts of a firearm, a charge to which they pleaded not guilty, before Senior Magistrate Sharon Frazer in court on Monday.
For purposes of context we refer to the Firearms Act, Chapter 143 of the Substantive Laws of Belize which defines a firearm as, quote, ” any weapon or other thing of any description from which any shot, bullet or other missile can be discharged and includes any component part of any such weapon or other thing and any accessory to any such weapon or thing designed or adapted to diminish the noise or flash caused by firing the weapon or thing, but does not include a toy gun or a toy pistol.”
Members of the Gang Suppression Unit (GSU) were on Gibnut Street, Belize City, around 9:00 p.m. Sunday when they saw the two walking and acting suspiciously in their view. Upon conducting a search on Akeem Requena, they found a rusty receiver, the lower stock of a shotgun, with no visible serial number, while on David Mas they found a gun butt with plastic which are component parts of a shotgun.
The court remanded the pair until their next appearance on March 18.