The La Prensa newspaper in Honduras reports that President Juan Orlando Hernández approved legislation last night at a cabinet session to declare that guns are prohibited in Roatan and the Bay Islands.
The article is entitled Gobierno de Honduras declara desarme en Islas de la Bahía.
The newspaper says that the initiative is part of a program to free tourist areas of violence in the country to encourage tourism.
The president declared the Bay Islands as a zone free of weapons with the objective of substantially improving security and promoting the island as paradise.
Emilio Silvestri, head of the Institute of Tourism, said that it is urgent to remove firearms from the tourist sites.
Seems like it a desperate policy to me.
Honduras has the highest murder rate in the world, with some of its police and national soldiers corrupt. The islands are supposedly safer than the mainland although a crew member was shot and killed this year and cruise passenger and tourists were robbed at gunpoint.
What the saying? When guns are outlawed, only outlaws will have guns.
Photo Credit: La Prensa