Issue of Personal Protection Weapons raised

Both Jim Allister and Arlene Foster have called for a reversal of the current policy whereby former members of the security forces personal protection weapons are removed unless a “specific threat” is known to the police. As Allister notes some of the latest terrorists “…were active and seasoned Provisionals. So, they have not only Provo training, the Provo mentality, Provo weapons, but also retain the intelligence gathered by the Provos. Thus, they know where ex-soldiers and policemen work and live. Hence, it is highly predictable that, just as with the Provos, ex-security personnel will be on their target list.” Foster has suggested “…the threat to serving and former police officers and security personnel is at its highest for a considerable time.” In light of this there seems little alternative to a reversal of the current policy.

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