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Southern tourist province of Surat Thani (Koh Phangan, Koh Samui) makes plans for gun control after fatal shooting of tourist on Koh Phangan island. 

Foreign tourists sunbath on Haad Rin beach in Koh Phangan island of Surat Thani. Tourists arrive at the island to join in the famous full moon party (Photo: Supaphong Chaolan).

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Tourist killing sparks gun crackdown

3/01/2013
Supapong Chaolan

Surat Thani governor Chatpong Chatphut on Thursday vowed to implement more restrictive firearms control measures and will announce the province’s tourist spots as gun-free zones within a year, following the fatal shooting of a British tourist on Koh Phangan.

Mr Chatpong said after the shooting he had ordered police and provincial officers to carry out more stringent control measures in order to prevent the possession and carrying of all types of weapons in tourist places, including Koh Phangan and Koh Samui, the province’s two main attractions.

He said authorities will gradually stop renewing gun licences for gun owners and eventually licences will be phased out altogether.

"All tourist places will be declared free-gun zones in one year,” Mr Chatpong said.

Officers from a border patrol police unit and village defence volunteers will be deployed to help the work of Koh Phangan police station which has only 40 men.

The governor was speaking after meeting with senior officials from security and administrative agencies including Surat Thani provincial police chief Kiattipong Khaosum-ang to discuss safety measures for tourists.

Stephen Ashton, 23, was dancing with his friends and several hundred other tourists in the New Year countdown party at Zoom Bar on Haad Rin when he was shot with a home-made gun during a fight between two rival groups of Thai men.

Police arrested Ekkapan Kaewkla, 26, who was alleged to be the shooter, on Tuesday. Mr Ekkapan allegedly confessed the following day that he unintentionally shot the British tourist while aiming his gun at his rivals.

During interrogation, Mr Ekkaphan told police he had bought the gun used in the killing from an illegal gun manufacturer on Surat Thani’s mainland. As a result, Mr Chatpong said he had asked Pol Maj Gen Kiattipong to immediately crack down on the illegal arms racket in the province.

Provincial authorities would also draw up new regulations to tighten controls on operators of rental cars, motorcycles and jet skis at tourist venues. Under the new rules, the operators will be required to carry insurance and are not allowed to ask for compensation for damage to their assets by customers. Violators will be charged with extortion. The quality of their services and prices will also be controlled.

Any government officials found to be involved in illegal activities will be severely punished, Mr Chatpong said.

(Source: Bangkok Post, Local News, Tourist killing sparks gun crackdown, 3/01/2013, Supapong Chaolan, link


Gun Control Vocabulary

gun control - laws that try to reduce the number and used of guns in a country or area: "laws that restrict or limit the possession, production, importation, shipment, sale, and/or use of guns or other firearms by private citizens. Most commonly the guns in question are personal firearms, typically handguns and long guns" (See Wikipedia)

Koh Phangan - famous island for young tourists and site of famous "full moon party", located in Surat Thani province near Koh Samui (See Wikipedia)

full moon party -
an all-night beach party with about 20,000 to 30,000 people famous for drugs, sex and alcohol, that takes place at Haad Rin beach on the island of Ko Pha Ngan, Thailand on the night before or after every full moon, first started in 1985 (See Wikipedia)

accident -
when something goes wrong in some activity and people are injured or property damaged อุบัติเหตุ
gun accident  

a shooting - when one person fires a gun and hits another person 
an accidental shooting - when one person fires a gun and hits another person  (and it is an accident)
a tourist shooting

tragic - some event with very sad unhappy ending โศกเศร้า, โศกสลด
tragic tourist shooting

leads to - causes
tragic tourist shooting from gun accident leads to gun control

crackdown - strong official action to punish lawbreakers การปราบปรามขั้นเด็ดขาด
gun crackdown

sparks - causes something to happen
tourist killing sparks gun crackdown

firearms - Same as "guns"
firearms control - Same as "gun control"

measures - actions taken to solve a problem มาตราการ
firearms control measures

implement - put a plan into action, make a plan work นำมาใช้ นำ แผนหรือนโยบายมาปฏิบัติ
implement measures

implement firearms control measures
implement more restrictive firearms control measures

vow - promise  
vowed to implement more restrictive firearms control measures

gun-free - without guns, 100% no guns
gun-free zones
will announce the province’s tourist spots as gun-free zones within a year

fatal - causing someone to die ถึงตาย
the fatal shooting of a British tourist on Koh Phangan

stringent - with many rules and restrictions; strict, severe เข้มงวด
stringent measures - taking action to solve a problem and being very serious about it

stringent control measures
more stringent control measures

possession - having or owning something การครอบครอง
possession of weapons - having a gun with you

possession of weapons in tourist places
possession and carrying of all types of weapons in tourist places

attraction - tourist attraction; something that a tourist travels to see or do แห่งท่องเที่ยว
the main attractions
Koh Phangan and Koh Samui, the province’s two main attractions.

Mr Chatpong said after the shooting he had ordered police and provincial officers to carry out more stringent control measures in order to prevent the possession and carrying of all types of weapons in tourist places, including Koh Phangan and Koh Samui, the province’s two main attractions.

authorities - government officials; the police or people in official organisations who have the legal power to make people obey laws or rules เจ้าหน้าที่ (ตำรวจ หรือผู้มีอำนาจ)
eventually - at the end of a period of time or at the end of a process ในที่สุด

licence - official permission to do something given by government การอนุญาต

renew - do again, redo ทำใหม่, เริ่มต้นใหม่, ทำขึ้นใหม่, ทำอีกครั้ง
renew licences

renew gun licenses
stop renewing

gradually -
slowly and steadily (at a constant rate)
gradually stop renewing

he said authorities will gradually stop renewing gun licences for gun owners

phase out
- to end something slowly and gradually (replacing it with something new)
altogether -
completely, 100%
phased out altogether

eventually - will happen for sure (but maybe only after a long time passes)
eventually licences will be phased out altogether

declare
- say officially that something now exists or some action is being taken 
declare gun-free zones
all tourist places will be declared gun-free zones in one year

border - the official line separating two areas, regions or countries เขตแดน อาณาเขต
patrol - when police or soldiers move around an area to make sure there is no trouble in the area ตรวจการ ลาดตระเวน
border patrol police - the police who work along the border (moving along the border checking for people entering illegally, for example)

unit -
one group inside a larger organization or company
border patrol police unit

defence - protecting a place and making it safe from damage, harm or injury การป้องกัน
volunteers - people working without (for a good cause, helping people)
village defence volunteers - a local group of people with guns who keep a village safe; militia

deploy - prepare a resource so that it is ready to be used  การแปรแถว

Officers from a border patrol police unit and village defence volunteers will be deployed to help the work of Koh Phangan police station which has only 40 men.

meeting - when a group of people come together to discuss issues and make decisions การประชุม
meeting with senior officials

administration (noun)
administrative (adjective)

security - the activity of making safe or protecting from harm ความปลอดภัย
security and administrative agencies

measures 
safety measures 
safety measures for tourists

The governor was speaking after meeting with senior officials from security and administrative agencies including Surat Thani provincial police chief Kiattipong Khaosum-ang to discuss safety measures for tourists.

New Year countdown party
shot with a home-made gun

rival - a person you are competing against or opposing คู่แข่ง
a fight between two rival groups of Thai men

Stephen Ashton, 23, was dancing with his friends and several hundred other tourists in the New Year countdown party at Zoom Bar on Haad Rin when he was shot with a home-made gun during a fight between two rival groups of Thai men.



alleged - claimed to be true although not yet proven ที่ถูกกล่าวหา
unintentionally - not deliberate or planned อย่างไม่ตั้งใจ
rivals - opponents; people you are fighting or competing against คู่อริ  คู่แข่ง
Police arrested Ekkapan Kaewkla, 26, who was alleged to be the shooter, on Tuesday. Mr Ekkapan allegedly confessed the following day that he unintentionally shot the British tourist while aiming his gun at his rivals.


interrogation - asking someone a lot of questions in order to get information การสอบถาม, การซักถาม
illegal - against the law ผิดกฎหมาย, นอกกฎหมาย
an illegal gun manufacturer

immediately - happening right after something else with no delay; right away ทันที
arms - weapons อาวุธ
racket - an illegal activity that earns money การหาเงินโดยผิดกฎหมาย
immediately crack down on the illegal arms racket in the province

During interrogation, Mr Ekkaphan told police he had bought the gun used in the killing from an illegal gun manufacturer on Surat Thani’s mainland. As a result, Mr Chatpong said he had asked Pol Maj Gen Kiattipong to immediately crack down on the illegal arms racket in the province.

regulations - rules made by the government to control how some activity is done กฎระเบียบ ระเบียบปฏิบัติระเบียบ ข้อบังคับ
draw up new regulations

operators - people or companies doing some kind of business
operators of jet skis

tighten controls - control some activity more; put more controls on activity
tighten controls on operators

venues - places where events happen สถานนี่จัดงาน
operators of jet skis at tourist venues.

draw up new regulations to tighten controls on operators of jet skis at tourist venues.

Provincial authorities would also draw up new regulations to tighten controls on operators of rental cars, motorcycles and jet skis at tourist venues.

insurance - making regular payments in exchange for a large payment to cover damage if a certain bad event happens (accident, sickness, fire, natural disaster) (See Wikipedia) (See Wikipedia) การประกันภัย

carry insurance - to have insurance protecting you from damage or loss of something you own
required to carry insurance

assets - a thing of value with an owner; especially property and money สินทรัพย์
damage to their assets

compensation - money paid to a person for damage they suffered เงินชดเชย   การจ่า่ยเงินชดเชย
not allowed to ask for compensation for damage to their assets by customers

extortion - the crime of getting money from people by force or threats การขู่กรรโชก รีดไถ
charged with extortion - police have arrested for crime; will have court trial to determine guilt and possible punishment

violators - people who broke the law
violators will be charged with extortion

Under the new rules, the operators will be required to carry insurance and are not allowed to ask for compensation for damage to their assets by customers. Violators will be charged with extortion.

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