The Surat Thani governor Wichawut Jinto has ordered a ban on new gun licences in Koh Samui, Koh Pangan and Koh Tao.
The news comes in the wake of the Tuesday shooting incident between two men from rival jet-ski families in front of hundreds of tourists on Chaweng Beach.
Both men – Sunthareeya Chaipetch, 45, and Tinaphop Petcharat, 26, are now reported dead, said Manager.
The Surat chief of police Apichart Bunsrirot described the daylight shootings in front of tourists enjoying a relaxing time at the beach as “terrible and shocking”.
He said such an incident was unprecedented on a tourist beach and threatened to damage confidence in the tourism industry.
He said both guns used in the incident – a magnum and a Beretta – were legally registered under the P12 ordinance.
The incident was a dispute between two jet-ski families, he said.
The governor of Surat Thaini said that an immediate ban on new gun licences on the three islands was now in place and a review was taking place.
It may be permanent for all residents of Samui, Pangang and Koh Tao as these areas were tourist islands and need to be protected from such shooting outrages as occurred Tuesday. – Manager Online
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