PM scraps gun factory

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Not the actual gun

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

Browne called in to Observer Radio tonight (Saturday), to announce that he has already instructed the Attorney General and other 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 over it, let us scuttle that decision.”

Moments before his call, Browne was being strongly criticized for agreeing to the gun factory.

But the Prime Minister reveled that he was not on island when the decision was made in cabinet to have an Italian firm set up a hand-gun manufacturing plant in Antigua, for export.

“We do understand the risk,” 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 criticism.”

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.”

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