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Jamaica,United States

US Halts Gun Exports to Jamaica as Irregularities Emerge

10 November 2016

Jamaica Observer

KINGSTON — The United States Embassy says that in light of recent events concerning Jamaica's Firearms Licensing Authority (FLA) they will be reviewing the firearm export licensing approval process. In a release this afternoon, the embassy said that during this review, there will be a temporary pause on firearm exports as they request further guidance from Washington on the long-term status of export licenses for firearms from the US destined for Jamaica. Earlier... (GunPolicy.org)

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Dominican Republic,United States

Many More American Guns Seized in Dominican Republic [ES]

4 November 2016

Acento (Dominican Republic)

[Translated summary: 115 firearms, 57,000 rounds of ammunition and military equipment of American origin were seized in the Dominican Republic in the last two months. Among the firearms were pistols, rifles, pellet guns, shotguns, revolvers and one automatic machine gun.] SANTO DOMINGO -- Los esfuerzos de las autoridades de Estados Unidos por frenar el tráfico ilegal de armas de fuego y municiones desde su territorio hacia la República Dominicana hasta el momento han... (GunPolicy.org)

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Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico Reaffirms the Constitutionality of Its Gun Law [ES]

1 November 2016

Primera Hora (Puerto Rico)

[Translated summary: The Supreme Court of Puerto Rico reaffirmed the constitutionality of the Firearms Law. Last year, a judge intended to declare as unconstitutional the articles related to licensing, in an attempt to eliminate background checks and lower the minimum age to own firearms. The Secretary of Justice explained that eliminating these articles would have allowed anyone to own firearms indiscriminately.] El Tribunal Supremo de Puerto Rico reiteró ayer la... (GunPolicy.org)

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Dominican Republic

FBI Helps Dominican Republic to Fight Gun Trafficking [ES]

25 October 2016

CDN (Dominican Republic)

[Translated summary: US authorities are helping the Dominican Republic with illegal firearms trafficking investigations, allowing the country to access FBI information. The last shipments of firearms seized in DR consisted of weapons of war, rifles, pistols, revolvers, ammunition, military equipment, bullet making machinery and a grenade. The guns were found in food boxes sent from the US.] SANTO DOMINGO -- El Buró Federal de Investigaciones de Estados Unidos (FBI por... (GunPolicy.org)

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Puerto Rico

Gun Owner Licensing Soars 71% in Puerto Rico [ES]

9 October 2016

El Nuevo Dia (Puerto Rico)

[Translated summary: In Puerto Rico, there are 210,438 registered firearms among civilians and another 15,628 in gun shops. Ownership licences increased 70.9% between 2011 and 2015 while concealed carry licences rose 18.7%. Police also observe that firearm possession incremented among women, with 747 licences in 2011 and 1,980 en 2015.] Se reporta un incremento en la expedición de licencias y permisos de portación, así como en el valor de las importaciones de este... (GunPolicy.org)

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Jamaica,Haiti

Haiti Police Seize Nearly 100 New Guns Destined for Jamaica

6 October 2016

Jamaica Gleaner

An arsenal of close to 100 brand-new high-powered firearms and hundreds of assorted ammunition were confiscated by the police in Haiti just over a week ago, and Jamaican law-enforcement authorities have indicated that several of them were destined for Jamaica's criminal underworld. In a photograph obtained exclusively by The Gleaner, Haitian police and military personnel were seen inspecting several of the weapons, which included automatic rifles and... (GunPolicy.org)

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Haiti

Haiti Legalizes 38,000 Guns Traded on the Black Market [FR]

16 September 2016

Haitian-Caribbean News Network

[Translated summary: Haiti's government has announced that 38,000 firearms, obtained through the black market, have been legalised as part of an effort to control the large quantity of illegal weapons in circulation. Several reports by experts show that tens of thousands of illicit firearms are in circulation across the country.] PORT-AU-PRINCE -- Le gouvernement Haïtien a annoncé que quelque 38,000 armes à feu, négociées sur le marché noir, ont été... (GunPolicy.org)

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Trinidad & Tobago

'Alarming Increase' as 545 Guns Seized in Trinidad & Tobago

16 September 2016

Stabroek News (Guyana)

There has been an alarming increase in the quantity of guns and ammunition seized by police this year compared with last year. The T&T Police Service (TTPS) was given a performance target by the office of the Commissioner of Police to recover at least 690 illegal firearms by the end of the year. And with just over three months left, the organisation is well on its way to achieving this number, having recovered 545 illegal firearms. In fact, this number represents an... (GunPolicy.org)

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Haiti

Haiti Legalizes 38,000 Guns Traded on the Black Market

16 September 2016

Haitian-Caribbean News Network

PORT-AU-PRINCE -- Haiti's government has announced that some 38,000 firearms, traded on the black market, were legalized as part of an effort to control the large quantity of illegal weapons in circulation in the impoverished Caribbean country. Prime minister Enex Jean-Charles said on Thursday that a process to legalize illegal weapons was launched by the high command of the Haitian National Police (HNP) as instructed by the High Council of the National Police, chaired... (GunPolicy.org)

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Trinidad & Tobago,Venezuela

Venezuelans Trading Guns for Food with Trinidadians - Police

15 September 2016

Caribbean 360

PORT OF SPAIN – Venezuelans and Trinidadians are bartering on the high seas, selling and/or exchanging arms and ammunition for food and basic commodities. These trades also take place at some of T&T's remote coastal ports, according to Assistant Superintendent of Police Vernly Gift of the Organised Crime, Narcotics and Firearms Bureau (OCNFB). He made the comments yesterday at the police weekly briefing where he said there is a need for greater monitoring of the... (GunPolicy.org)

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Dominican Republic

Smuggled US Assault Rifles Seized in Dominican Republic [ES]

14 September 2016

Proceso (Dominican Republic)

[Translated summary: A shipment of assault rifles, a shotgun, ammunition and accessories was seized by custom officers of the Dominican Republic. The Sandy Cargo Express ship in which they were found came from Florida. In the last few weeks, Dominican customs seized several guns and ammunition coming from New York, New Jersey, Miami and Puerto Rico.] Un cargamento de fusiles de asalto, municiones, percutores y cargadores, así como una escopeta calibre 22, fueron... (GunPolicy.org)

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Dominican Republic

Law Aims to Reduce Gun Violence in Dominican Republic [ES]

2 September 2016

Al Momento

[Translated Summary: In the Dominican Republic, Deputy Victor Bosonó says that in the 90s there were eight to ten deaths from gunfire per hundred thousand inhabitants. That number has now tripled, with "80% of homicides committed with firearms". A new gun control law tackles illegal possession of all firearms -- home guns, civilian or military guns, modified or stolen from a soldier.] El diputado Reformista, Víctor Bisonó, consideró que la ley para el Control y... (GunPolicy.org)

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Virgin Islands (US)

Virgin Islands Law Now Requires All Guns to Be Registered

1 August 2016

The Virgin Islands Consortium

Governor Kenneth Mapp has signed into law a measure requiring all guns coming into the territory be registered at ports of entry — including sea and land. The bill's sponsor, Senator Tregenza A. Roach, says it was forged based on complaints by Virgin Islands Police Department officials, who argued that weapons that are not registered eventually fall into the wrong hands and cannot be tracked. Mr. Roach, who said he has a "growing concern" for the escalation of gun... (GunPolicy.org)

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Haiti

Stages Required to Obtain a Firearm Licence in Haiti [FR]

31 July 2016

Ici Haiti

[Translated summary: To obtain a firearm licence in Haiti, first applicants have to present a written request to the General Director of the National Police. After, they have to pass an interview at the General Director's Office and then complete other formalities such as digital fingerprints, ballistics, lack of criminal records, etc. Finally, applicants have to pay a tax.] Afin d'obtenir un permis d'arme à feu en Haïti, 5 étapes sont à considérer : 1 -... (GunPolicy.org)

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Dominican Republic

Dominican Senate Passes New, Tougher Gun Law [ES]

19 July 2016

Al Momento (Dominican Republic)

[Translated summary: The Dominican Senate passed a new Firearm Law that imposes tough sanctions on citizens who own illegal guns, and punishes authorities who comply with this practice. The law bans the carry and use of weapons of war and commands police to resolve cases in which civilians don't surrender illegal guns voluntarily. Licensing will be more rigorous; it will request consent of partners and thorough medical evaluations, among other things.] Santo Domingo... (GunPolicy.org)

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Caribbean,Puerto Rico,United States

Florida a 'Massive' Gun-Smuggling Gateway to North, Caribbean

18 July 2016

News 4 Jax (USA)

JACKSONVILLE -- Across the state of Florida, Jacksonville had the most guns recovered last year that were tied to crimes -- more than 4,000 in 2014 and 2015 combined, the News4Jax I-TEAM learned. Why here? The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives points to our open highways with access to JaxPort. Those interstates include I-10, even I-75, and the big one, I-95. In fact, I-95 is so notorious for gun trafficking, it's called the "Iron Pipeline." Guns... (GunPolicy.org)

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New Caledonia,Vanuatu,Tuvalu,Tonga,Solomon Islands,Samoa,Papua New Guinea,Kiribati,Marshall Islands,French Polynesia,Micronesia,Fiji,Cook Islands,Nauru,Northern Mariana Islands,Palau,Niue,American Samoa,Caribbean

Addressing Gun Violence in the Caribbean and the Pacific

15 July 2016

The Diplomat (Japan)

"The seas bring us together, they do not separate us." –Constitution of the Federated States of Micronesia The Caribbean and the Pacific each offer a unique and contrasting perspective toward addressing armed violence. Despite sharing similar challenges as Small Island Developing States (SIDS), each region faces very different circumstances on the ground. In light of this, each region has taken a different approach toward addressing armed violence. The Pacific stands... (GunPolicy.org)

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Jamaica

Jamaica's 'Get the Guns' Campaign Seizes 336 Firearms

12 July 2016

Jamaica Observer

KINGSTON – The 'Get the Guns' campaign continues to reap results in the number of illegal guns seized by the security forces since the start of the year. Communication Officer, Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF), Superintendent Stephanie Lindsay, reports that law-enforcement officers have seized 336 illegal guns from communities all across Jamaica. Speaking at a press conference at the Office of the Commissioner in St Andrew on July 11, Superintendent Lindsay said the... (GunPolicy.org)

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Dominican Republic

Dominican Republic to Renew 125,000 Expired Gun Licences

30 June 2016

Listin Diario (Dominican Republic)

[Translated Summary: The Dominican Ministry of Interior and Police (MIP) granted 232,142 firearm licences since October 1965. Now, 125,036 of those licences must be renewed because they are expired. Licences to possess a firearm are different than licences to carry, and one owner can have more than one firearm registered. Every owner must register their fingerprints and their firearms' ballistic fingerprints in order to receive the licence.] Desde el 26 de octubre de... (GunPolicy.org)

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Dominican Republic

Over 450,000 Dominicans Have Guns Despite Firearm Law [ES]

22 June 2016

Listin Diario (Dominican Republic)

[Translated Summary: 20,455 people have been shot dead in the Dominican Republic in the past 15 years. Guns, parts and ammunition worth US$40.3 million have been imported in the past seven years. Also, there are 878 rifles, 55,360 shotguns and 165,315 handguns held legally by the civilian population, but more than 300,000 illegally.] El auge de la delincuencia, cada vez más violenta y asesina, es uno de los graves problemas que acusa a la sociedad dominicana en estos... (GunPolicy.org)

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