ANTIGUA: PM scraps plan for gun factory

Prime Minister Gaston Browne has cancelled plans to give investors permission to construct a gun assembling plant in the country’s proposed Economic Zone.

Browne called Observer Radio just after 7 p.m. on Saturday to announce that he had instructed the Attorney General and other Cabinet colleagues to scrap the deal.

“I have said to them that in the interest of the nation, rather than having a situation where we bring in that factory and divide the nation over it, let us scuttle that decision.”

Browne had called the radio station earlier in the afternoon and confirmed that the plan was going ahead and that all of the guns manufactured there would be for export.

But scores of residents also called the radio station to criticize the prime minister for agreeing to the gun factory.

The Prime Minister later revealed that he was not on the island when the decision was made in Cabinet to set up the gun manufacturing plant.

“We do understand the risks,” Browne said adding, “I think it is in the best interest of the nation to just scuttle the deal.”

The country’s leader said he thanked everyone for their input and is always open to “constructive criticisms”.

He admitted that he wasn’t comfortable with the deal to begin with, “but having heard from the people I feel even firmer in my decision that we ought not to proceed”. (Caribbean News Service)

6 Responses to ANTIGUA: PM scraps plan for gun factory

  1. Angus Benn
    Angus Benn May 14, 2017 at 12:37 pm

    I don’t understand what type of leader Gaston Browne is. Poor excuses. You was out of the island when the bill passed. The AG pass without out your permission. You take the people of Antigua to be IDIOTS.

  2. Everton Rowe May 14, 2017 at 1:05 pm

    Will this be ‘gun factory’ be now shopped from island to island until one of them ‘bites’

  3. Alex Alleyne May 14, 2017 at 3:41 pm

    Another one that will join that trip over to the USA in time to come.

  4. jrsmith May 14, 2017 at 4:06 pm

    This would make a difference to certain people , but to the masses who will shout and screem it would be like it or lump…….

  5. Angus Benn
    Angus Benn May 15, 2017 at 7:50 am

    I don’t understand what type of leader Gaston Browne is. Poor excuse .you was out the island when the bill was passed. The AG pass it without your permission. You think the people in Antigua foolish.

  6. vad50 May 15, 2017 at 11:12 am

    I guess if the people of Antigua did not protest verbally, this would have taken place. If Gaston Brown was not aware of his Cabinet’s actions; he does not deserve to be PM.

    The region does not need gun factories. There are enough issues in the region with guns and the violence that they bring. Gun investors, you are not welcome in the region. No one in this wants your blood money.


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