Friday morning in South Jakarta saw a confrontation between a motorist and a motor cyclist climax with the motorist brandishing a handgun. The car driver, Fadhil Satria, brandished an FN revolver with 12 bullets. The gun has been registered previously but has been unregistered since 11 September 2007.
Generally, gun owners have six months after a gun license expires to renew the license. If a license is not renewed then it is an obligation on the gun owners to hand in their weapons to police.
By all accounts the alleged bumper bash did not actually happen according to the Head of the South Jakarta Traffic division, Commander Pamudji, said there was no evidence that the vehicle and the motor cycle came to blows.
It is being reported that in May this year there were 7,798 guns registered but some 3,446 of these were with licenses that had expired. This is a case of laziness and arrogance in the extreme as the process for renewing a license is nothing more than filling in a form at the police station.
The National Police figures show that between January and March this year there were 479 crimes involving guns. This is an increase of almost 25% from the same period last year.
The increase in gun crime is alarming and the fact that road rage incidents are now including guns is also a scary development.
Road rage at any time has the potential to be dramatic and fatal but when guns are added into this mix then the potential for fatalities increases dramatically. Hopefully, these road rage incidents will not develop into other road related violence like car jackings.