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Jamaica,United States

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

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

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

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

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

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

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)

Read More: Haitian-Caribbean News Network

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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)

Read More: Stabroek News (Guyana)

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Haiti

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)

Read More: Haitian-Caribbean News Network

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Trinidad & Tobago,Venezuela

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)

Read More: Caribbean 360

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Dominican Republic

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

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)

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

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

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

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)

Read More: News 4 Jax (USA)

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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

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

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

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

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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Haiti

15 June 2016

Vant Bef Info (Haiti)

[Translated summary: Haiti's Ministry of Justice and Public Security has lifted the measure suspending all permits to carry firearms.] Près de 5 jours après avoir suspendu tous les permis de port d'armes sur toute l'étendue du territoire, le ministère de la justice et de la sécurité publique (MJSP) est revenu sur sa décision, a appris Vant Bèf Info. En effet, suite à une réunion du Conseil supérieur de la Police Nationale (CSPN), tenue ce 15 juin 2016,... (GunPolicy.org)

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Dominican Republic

8 June 2016

El Nuevo Diario (Dominican Republic)

[Translated summary: In two consecutive sessions the Chamber of Deputies approved the controversial Firearms Carrying and Possession Bill. Focused on preventing the misuse of guns by civilians, military and political parties, the bill aims for gradual civilian disarmament.] La Cámara de Diputados declaró de urgencia y aprobó en dos sesiones consecutivas el controversial proyecto de ley de Porte y Tenencia de Armas de Fuego. Los legisladores acogieron una solicitud... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: El Nuevo Diario (Dominican Republic)

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Trinidad & Tobago

8 June 2016

Trinidad & Tobago Guardian

Over the last five years, 2,000 guns and 30,000 rounds of ammunition have been seized in T&T and so far this year, 220 guns and 2,600 rounds of ammunition have been taken off the streets between January and March, National Security Minister Edmund Dillon says. He gave the statistics in the Senate yesterday while replying to questions from Opposition Senator Wade Mark on measures being taken to address the murder rate, now 207. Dillon prefaced his reply, saying: "As... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States,Jamaica

6 June 2016

Jamaica Gleaner

A steady stream of guns continues to flow from the United States into Jamaica despite a raft of measures implemented by local law-enforcement authorities. In the last two years, the US Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) has traced the history of 991 guns seized in Jamaica over the period and found that 567, or nearly 60 per cent, were "sourced in the US". The term "sourced in the US" refers to guns manufactured in or legally imported into the... (GunPolicy.org)

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Dominican Republic

31 May 2016

El Nuevo Diario (Dominican Republic)

[Translated Summary: Dominica's Firearms Carrying and Possession bill will keep decreasing the number of violent deaths caused by firearms. The number of deaths per 100,000 citizens in the first trimester of 2016 was 16, while between 2012 and 2016 it was 24-25.] SANTO DOMINGO -- El vocero de los diputados del Partido de la Liberación Dominicana (PLD), Elpidio Báez reveló este martes que la comisión de Interior y Policía del organismo legislativo rendirá en la... (GunPolicy.org)

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Jamaica

13 May 2016

Jamaica Observer

KINGSTON, Jamaica – The Police High Command is commending the St Catherine North Police for the seizure of several high-powered firearms in McCooks Pen, St Catherine on today. Nine people were taken into custody in relation to the seizure. Reports are that following several months of intense investigations and intelligence gathering the police launched a special operation in an area called 'Gun Farm' in McCooks Pen, where the cache of weapons was seized. The weapons... (GunPolicy.org)

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Jamaica

21 April 2016

Jamaica Observer

Three hundred and fifty-one guns have been seized under the Get the Guns campaign, which was launched in September of last year and more than $700,000 paid out to persons who have given information that has led to the recovery of these firearms, Police Commissioner Dr Carl Williams said Tuesday. He was speaking with Jamaica Observer reporters and editors at the newspaper's head office on Beechwood Avenue in Kingston. Dr Williams explained that it was important to... (GunPolicy.org)

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Guadeloupe

22 March 2016

France Info, Agence France Presse

[Translated summary: Prefect of Guadeloupe calls for another gun amnesty. In January, Pointe-à-Pitre's Attorney said that there were 5,000 to 6,000 lawful firearm owners.] Le préfet de la Guadeloupe, Jacques Billant, a lancé mardi une nouvelle campagne appelant la population à rendre les armes dont elle serait détentrice, même illégalement, sans crainte de poursuites judiciaires, alors que depuis le début de l'année le département a déjà enregistré huit... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: France Info, Agence France Presse

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Guadeloupe

17 March 2016

MetaMag

[Translated summary: Guadeloupe police ask for reinforcement, claiming homicide and gun violence are without real control. Murders by any method reached a peak in 2015, with seven more so far this year.] Les élus de Guadeloupe viennent de tirer la « sonnette d'alarme » sur la violence dans leur département, réclamant, dans une lettre ouverte au Premier ministre, des renforts de forces de l'ordre après le septième homicide depuis le début de l'année et une... (GunPolicy.org)

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Eastern Europe,Caribbean,France

17 March 2016

Le Figaro (France)

[Translated summary: In France, results in the fight against arms trafficking increased strongly, with a 40% increase in the number of firearms seized (1,158 against 828 in 2014). Strong measures against arms trafficking have been implemented. France deplores 1,800 deaths by firearm every year.] Tabac et articles de contrefaçon, drogues ou encore armes… 2015 est un cru plutôt faste pour les douanes qui ont multiplié les saisies. En matière de la lutte contre les... (GunPolicy.org)

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Bahamas

15 March 2016

Tribune (Bahamas)

Police Commissioner Ellison Greenslade said police are "very concerned" by the amount of cocaine and high-powered rifles that have been seized on the streets of New Providence and Grand Bahama this year. Mr Greenslade said it is disgraceful that more than 200 weapons have been confiscated so far for the year. He "begged" members of the public to assist police in their investigations and said the Bahamas is only "one person with a little dope in their head" and a... (GunPolicy.org)

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Guadeloupe

19 January 2016

France-Antilles

[Translated summary: 328 guns were recovered during the last three government-sponsored 'Deposit the Guns' operations in Guadeloupe. However, thousands of firearms are still in circulation and violent attacks are on the rise. One possible solution would be to repeat the buybacks: for example a budget of 4 million euros could buy 16,000 guns.] Déposez vos armes! L'opération menée par les services de l'État en Guadeloupe pour inciter les Guadeloupéens à rendre... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States,Puerto Rico

18 November 2015

Wikipedia, the Free Encyclopedia (Puerto Rico)

Gun laws in Puerto Rico regulate the sale, possession, and use of firearms and ammunition in the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico. As Puerto Rico is a commonwealth of the United States, many U.S. federal laws apply, as well as Constitutional rulings and protections. (1) (2) Summary Table Subject/Law? Long guns - Handguns - (Notes) Permit to purchase? No - No - (Firearms purchases are subject to the requirements of US Federal law) Firearm registration? No - No Assault... (GunPolicy.org)

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Jamaica

20 September 2015

Jamaica Constabulary Force, Web page

"Get the Guns;" that is the message from Commissioner of Police Dr. Carl Williams as the 'Get the Guns Campaign' was officially launched at the Office of the Commissioner of Police on Thursday, September 17. The campaign, which was first announced in July of this year, is geared towards significantly reducing the number of illegal guns and ammunition in the hands of criminals in Jamaica. "Our intention is to seize illegal guns well above our current average of 600... (GunPolicy.org)

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Virgin Islands (UK)

10 August 2015

BVI News (British Virgin Islands)

The Royal Virgin Islands Police Force Firearm and Prohibited Weapons Amnesty yielded an impressive 11 firearms, two with accompanying ammunition. Chief Firearms Officer Acting Chief Inspector Ernest Gumbs stated that the unit collected a 30-30 rifle; a .357 Magnum handgun along with 27 rounds of ammunition; a M-1911 .45 semi-auto pistol; a .38 snub noise revolver with 50 fifty rounds of ammunition; five air rifles and two air pistols. Commissioner of Police David... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: BVI News (British Virgin Islands)

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Puerto Rico,United States,Guam

15 July 2015

Pacific Daily News (Guam)

The timing of a recent court ruling from the Commonwealth Court of Puerto Rico could not be better, and may well set in motion a significant ripple effect in other U.S. Island jurisdictions, namely Guam and Hawaii. The Puerto Rican court recently handed down a ruling on a class action lawsuit that was brought by the Ladies of the Second Amendment, or LSA, with 850 individual plaintiffs. The court ruling, confirmed by the Second Amendment Foundation, or SAF, was a... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Pacific Daily News (Guam)

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United States,Puerto Rico

19 June 2015

Second Amendment Foundation News (Washington)

BELLEVUE, WA - A surprising victory for gun rights in Puerto Rico has eliminated the firearms registry and licensing requirements to purchase and carry in the Commonwealth, the Second Amendment Foundation has confirmed. As of now, according to Sandra Barreras with Ladies of the Second Amendment (LSA), the group that brought the lawsuit, "there is no regulation to purchase or carry (and) all purchases will be handled in accordance with federal firearms regulations." LSA... (GunPolicy.org)

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Spain,Italy,Venezuela,Israel,Germany,Czech Republic,Brazil,Colombia,Belgium,Austria,Russia,United States,El Salvador,Turkey,Guatemala,Honduras,Mexico,Cuba,Dominican Republic,Haiti,Peru,Nicaragua

16 January 2015

Los Angeles Times, Opinion

During the 1980s, El Salvador was the single largest recipient of U.S. military hardware and weaponry in the Western Hemisphere. Although the Central American country's civil war ended in 1992, the guns, grenades and bullets linger, as do their murderous effects. In September, a U.S. official from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives estimated that half the weapons available on El Salvador's vibrant black market were made in the United... (GunPolicy.org)

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Virgin Islands (UK)

7 January 2015

BVI News

With the amended Firearms and Air Gun Act (2015) now in effect, the Royal Virgin Islands Police Force (RVIPF) said it has launched a firearm and prohibited weapons amnesty that will run throughout the month of July. The RVIPF hopes persons will use the opportunity, in light of the increased prison terms likely, to turn over all illegal or prohibited weapons in their possession to police. Commissioner of Police David Morris noted that persons found in possession of an... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: BVI News

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Ecuador,Panama,Paraguay,Chile,Argentina,Brazil,Venezuela,Mexico,Colombia,Spain,South Africa,Italy,Germany,Czech Republic,Belgium,Europe,Honduras,El Salvador,Israel,Nicaragua,Russia,United States,Cuba,Caribbean,Central America,South America

13 October 2014

NACLA

Small arms and gun violence present the most dramatic threat to public safety in Latin America and the Caribbean. After decades of uncontrolled proliferation, at least 45 million to 80 million small arms and light weapons—that is, weapons operated by an individual or small group, including handguns, assault rifles, grenades, grenade launchers, and even man portable surface to air missiles—are circulating throughout the region.(1) Gunshots kill between 73,000 and... (GunPolicy.org)

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Dominican Republic

29 July 2014

New Zealand Herald, Associated Press

SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic - Authorities destroyed roughly 2,000 firearms Monday and plan to use the mangled metal to build a monument promoting peace. The Dominican Republic's attorney general, Francisco Dominguez, and other officials gathered in the capital of Santo Domingo to watch a steamroller destroy the haul of guns seized by police over the years. The metal from the destroyed weapons will be given to sculptor Jose Ignacio Morales, who has been... (GunPolicy.org)

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Dominican Republic

10 July 2014

Dominican Today

SANTO DOMINGO - Dominican Republic's population has 220,553 legally registered guns, most of them pistols of various calibers, but instead of defense for their owners, they also make them a target of thugs who sell them, but often commit murder. An example of this is the arrest of Juan Carlos de la Cruz (El Menor), 24, over the weekend, carrying a 9mm pistol stolen from a Police major. The detainee said he got the gun from "Ronny" in exchange for two grams of cocaine,... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Dominican Today

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Caribbean

29 June 2014

Jamaica Observer

PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad - There has been an increase in the number of illegal firearms and gang membership in the Caricom region executive director of Caricom Implementation Agency for Crime and Security (IMPACS) Francis Forbes has said. Describing it as "more than a cause for concern" while addressing the regional workshop on the Arms Trade Treaty at the Trinidad Hilton hotel last week Forbes said: "Only last year there were 2,143 homicides committed in 11 Caricom... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Jamaica Observer

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Dominican Republic

29 June 2014

Listin Diario

[Translated summary: The Defence Minister of the Dominican Republic says the ban on importing firearms has done more harm than good, adding that 98% of firearm deaths and injuries are caused by illegal weapons.] SANTO DOMINGO - El ministro de Defensa aseguró que la prohibición de la importación de armas de fuego ha hecho más mal que bien al país. El almirante Sigfrido Pared Pérez reveló que el 98 por ciento de las muertes y heridas que se cometen son producidas... (GunPolicy.org)

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Barbados

18 June 2014

Caribbean 360

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados - Six murders involving the use of firearms this year have Attorney General, Adriel Brathwaite, vowing to crackdown on people trying to smuggle guns into the country. On Monday, Brathwaite said as of the end of May, there were six murders committed with the use of guns, compared to two for the same period last year. "If firearms are coming into the country illegally, it is not just a police matter. It is a Customs matter, it is a Coast Guard... (GunPolicy.org)

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St Vincent & Grenadines,Jamaica

4 June 2014

Jamaica Observer

UNITED NATIONS — St Vincent and the Grenadines and Jamaica have ratified the new Arms Trade Treaty as the Caribbean seeks to play an historic role in helping end the irresponsible, lethal global US$85 billion trade in small arms and light weapons and ammunition. The delegations from the two Caribbean Community (CARICOM) countries Tuesday attended a special ratification ceremony at the United Nations' Headquarters to mark the event. "It is really positive that two... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Jamaica Observer

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Jamaica

2 June 2014

Trinidad and Tobago Express

KINGSTON - The Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) says 60 children were murdered here during the period January 2013 to May this year. The JCF said, in addition, 99 children were shot and injured by criminals during the same period. According to the statistics released by the JCF, over the last two months, seven children between the ages seven and 17 years were murdered while one was shot and injured. As a result, the police are calling on all citizens to redouble... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Trinidad and Tobago Express

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Jamaica

31 May 2014

Jamaica Gleaner

AN ESTIMATED $30 million worth of guns and ammunition have been taken off the streets of Jamaica since the start of the year. Police data from January 1 to May 24, this year, has shown that 250 firearms and 3,417 rounds of ammunition have been recovered. And on Thursday of this week, the cops confirmed that another nine guns and more than 1,000 rounds were seized in St Catherine. A breakdown of the guns confiscated, as indicated by the police statistics, showed that... (GunPolicy.org)

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Jamaica

29 May 2014

Jamaica Observer

ST CATHERINE, Jamaica - Police operating in Kingston West and St Catherine divisions say that in less than 24 hours, they removed 13 firearms and more than 2,000 rounds of ammunition from the possession of criminals The lawmen also apprehended a man they believe is the leader of Kingston's notorious Scare Dem Crew Gang. The police said they were able to accomplish this in separate incidents between Wednesday, May 28 and Thursday, May 29. Reports are that about 1:30... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Jamaica Observer

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Jamaica

22 May 2014

Jamaica Gleaner

There is to be a 100 per cent increase in the cost for a firearm dealer's licence as Finance Minister Dr Peter Phillips has signed a ministerial order approving greater charges for firearm licences, certificates and payments. But retired assistant commissioner Errol Strong, who chaired the board of the Firearm Licensing Authority until 2010, said the increase "will not break the back of the dealers". The ministerial order, dated May 2, which was laid in the House of... (GunPolicy.org)

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St Vincent & Grenadines

20 April 2014

I-Witness News (St Vincent & Grenadines)

A gun in the hands of an untrained person is like a weapon of mass destruction, Commissioner of Police Michael Charles said last week, adding that the completion of the Coastguard base in Canouan can help to stem the flow of illegal guns into this country. Guns were used in eight of the nine murders recorded here this year, and police have also taken 15 illegal guns off the street. One was handed in to the police and the others were seized during stop and searches and... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: I-Witness News (St Vincent & Grenadines)

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United States,Bahamas

16 April 2014

Tribune (Bahamas)

FREEPORT – Following a major firearm seizure in Exuma, a Bahamas Customs official expressed concerns about the new smuggling techniques that are being employed by gun smugglers in the Bahamas. The illegal importation of firearms is a major challenge for Bahamian law enforcement authorities. Guns are used in about 60 per cent of violent crimes in the country. In the Bahamas, the annual rate of firearm homicide per 100,000 population was 22.2 in 2010, according to an... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Tribune (Bahamas)

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Brazil,Dominican Republic

14 April 2014

Infosurhoy.com

SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic – The Dominican Republic is following Brazil's lead in an effort to gets weapons off the street as part of a strategy to reduce crime. Under an agreement between the two countries, Brazilian experts will offer technical assistance to help Dominican authorities establish a program to "reduce the number of firearms and ammunition among the civil population," according to a prepared statement from the Ministry of Economy, Planning and... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Infosurhoy.com

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Martinique

14 April 2014

Le Monde (France)

[Translated summary: Since the beginning of the year, out of 13 homicides, 10 were committed with firearms. Since the start of the amnesty, over 800 firearms have been recovered. Most firearms circulating in Martinique are shotguns that were diverted during robberies and then altered (sawed-off shotguns).] Le 26 février, en plein jour, un jeune homme de 29 ans était froidement abattu sous les yeux de sa mère au coeur du quartier Godissard, une cité populaire de... (GunPolicy.org)

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Oceania,Liberia,South Sudan,Europe,Africa,Asia,Americas,Haiti

10 April 2014

UN Dispatch (New York)

Almost half a million people across the world lost their lives in 2012 as a result of intentional homicide, with the highest murder rates logged in the Americas and Africa, and the lowest in Europe, Asia and Oceania, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) reports. "Too many lives are being tragically cut short, too many families and communities left shattered. There is an urgent need to understand how violent crime is plaguing countries around the world,... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: UN Dispatch (New York)

38554

Martinique,Guadeloupe

1 April 2014

Europe 1 (France)

[Translated summary: 307 long guns and 161 handguns were recovered during a two-month amnesty in Martinique. Crime has increased in Martinique. Two similar campaign in Guadeloupe recovered over 200 firearms.] Violence - En deux mois, l'opération a permis de récolter plus de 307 armes. La Martinique a connu de nombreux crimes sanglants en 2013. 307 armes récupérées. En Martinique, la campagne "Déposez les armes" joue les prolongations. L'opération de deux mois... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Europe 1 (France)

38516

Trinidad & Tobago

24 March 2014

Trinidad and Tobago Express

National Security Minister Gary Griffith said his focus is to clear Trinidad and Tobago of all guns "by any means necessary". He was commenting on the latest police raid in Malabar, Arima, on Saturday morning when 11 persons were arrested for allegedly having guns and ammunition. In a telephone interview on Saturday, Griffith confirmed that an AK47 was found, saying it was not a normal kind of gun but one which had the capacity to fire rapidly. "This is... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Trinidad and Tobago Express

38500

Dominica

12 March 2014

Bernama (Malaysia) / NAM News Network

ROSEAU - Law enforcement officials here have admitted that a gun amnesty launched in Dominica a few years ago has failed. The gun amnesty, which was spearheaded by the Government of Dominica, was geared towards persons with illegal firearms. They were asked to bring these firearms to the police and would not face any charges; however, according to reports, only two persons took advantage of that. Speaking on the heels of several gun related incidents over the past... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Bernama (Malaysia) / NAM News Network

38455

Martinique

10 March 2014

France-Antilles News (Martinique)

[Translated summary: A firearms amnesty campaign in Martinique has collected 254 guns, including 168 long guns and 86 handguns. The amnesty runs from 1 February 2013 until 31 March 2014.] La campagne « Déposez les armes », lancée le 1er février, est d'ores et déjà une réussite. À ce jour (10 mars 2014), « après cinq semaines, le bilan intermédiaire est encourageant », note la préfecture dans un communiqué. 254 armes à feu ont déjà été remises aux... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: France-Antilles News (Martinique)

38454

Turks & Caicos

3 March 2014

TCI News Now (Turks & Caicos)

The police have issued their annual report on the numbers of crimes committed in the Turks and Caicos and the picture is not encouraging. The number of crimes has increased by about 50%, with robbery the crime of greatest concern. Some residents are blaming the disappointing figures on the return to elected government, with nine residents interviewed saying that the younger people committing the crimes had expected jobs and contracts that had been the hallmark of the... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: TCI News Now (Turks & Caicos)

38493

Tunisia,European Union,Chad,Niger,South America,Caribbean,Algeria,China,Belarus,Russia,United Kingdom,United States,France,Italy,North Africa,Mali,Syria,Egypt,West Asia,Libya

20 February 2014

Fair Observer

In recent years, as order in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) eroded between uprisings and armed conflicts, the desire for arms amongst a wide range of actors became one more destabilizing factor in the complexities of each situation. However, arms proliferation is nothing new to the MENA region. Whether it was through state actors or black market trading, weapons have circulated throughout the Middle East and North Africa for many years. Today, arms... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Fair Observer

38403

Guadeloupe

16 February 2014

Latin American Herald Tribune (Venezuela)

GUATEMALA CITY – At least eight people died and about a dozen were wounded, including four children, in violence around Guatemala over the past 12 hours, authorities and emergency services personnel reported Sunday. A spokesman with the National Civil Police, or PNC, told reporters that the eight victims were shot in several incidents in the Guatemalan capital and vicinity. In Villa Nueva, one of the capital's southern suburbs, the bodies of two men were found, both... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Latin American Herald Tribune (Venezuela)

38371

Turks & Caicos

10 February 2014

TCI News Now (Turks & Caicos Islands)

A review and an inventory is currently being conducted by the Royal Turks and Caicos Islands Police Force (RTCIPF) firearms department on the status of all persons who are in possession of a firearms licence. Strict measures will be imposed on those persons with expired licences. These measures may result in the suspension, revocation and/or the possibility of being charged with unauthorized possession of a firearm and ammunition. Residents are reminded that firearms... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: TCI News Now (Turks & Caicos Islands)

38453

Puerto Rico

8 February 2014

Latin American Herald Tribune (Venezuela)

SAN JUAN - Pablo Casellas Toro, the son of a former Puerto Rico treasury secretary now on the U.S. federal bench, was sentenced here Thursday to 109 years in prison for the murder of his wife. Casellas was convicted Jan. 22 of killing wife Carmen Paredes on July 14, 2012, at the couple's home in the affluent San Juan suburb of Guaynabo. "I want to make it clear that this conviction and this sentence that you are ready to impose are an injustice, because I did not kill... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Latin American Herald Tribune (Venezuela)

38347

Guadeloupe,Martinique

2 February 2014

La Croix (France)

[Translated summary: Martinique authorities have begun a two-month firearms amnesty. The campaign hopes to prevent crime and officials say 138 firearms were seized in Martinique in 2013, including some which were illegally imported or stolen. A similar campaign in Guadeloupe last year was very successful.] Comme les Guadeloupéens l'an denier, les Martiniquais sont invités par l'autorité préfectorale à remettre les armes à feu en leur possession dans le cadre... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: La Croix (France)

38337

United States,St Kitts & Nevis

27 January 2014

SKN Vibes, Media release

BASSETERRE, St Kitts - The Electronic Tracing System (eTrace), utilized by the Royal St. Christopher and Nevis Police Force since September 2012, has proven quite useful and has led to a number of arrests at home and abroad. A recent report indicated that eighteen illegal firearms seized by security forces in 2013, have been traced using the database accessed by law enforcement in more than 30 countries outside of the United States. The system helps to determine a... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: SKN Vibes

38312

Trinidad & Tobago

26 January 2014

Guardian (Trinidad and Tobago)

T&T continues to rank in the top ten for homicides per capita around the world. This is according to a source at the United Nations Information Service. The United Nations Information Service has produced reports with statistics on homicides in 207 countries. The categories are: Homicides by most Populous City; by Firearms; by Sex; and Total Homicides in 2013, and is recorded per 100,000 citizens. Calculations by the Sunday Guardian showed that between 2004 and 2009,... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Guardian (Trinidad and Tobago)

38311

Jamaica

15 January 2014

DNAInfo (New York)

QUEENS — The number of shootings in Jamaica fell by nearly 32 percent last year, a decrease that police officials attributed to aggressive efforts to confiscate illegal firearms. Last year, there were 30 shooting incidents in the 103rd Precinct, which covers Jamaica and Hollis. In 2012, there were 44 shooting incidents in the area, nearly 32 percent more. "How do we keep people from getting shot? We confiscate illegal guns, whether it be through search warrants,... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: DNAInfo (New York)

38297

Trinidad & Tobago

12 January 2014

Guardian (Trinidad and Tobago)

Seepersad: Broader approach to crime needed For Dr Randy Seepersad, head of the University of the West Indies' (UWI) criminology department, the 2,500 new guns for police officers is not the answer. In a phone interview yesterday, Seepersad said police officers already have weapons. He was not certain if the minister was bringing in the extra weaponry to correspond with an increase in the police force, but said the Government was taking a suppressive approach to crime.... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Guardian (Trinidad and Tobago)

38271

Bahamas

31 December 2013

Jamaica Observer

NASSAU, Bahamas – The Bahamas government says it is considering legislation that would impose additional restrictions on the ability of judges to grant bail in offences involving crimes of violence and the use of firearms. Prime Minister Perry Christie said Cabinet had discussed the crime situation in the country, particularly in light of the weekend drive-by killings of four people in the Fox Hill area. Christie said the police would escalation "saturation patrols"... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Jamaica Observer

38237

Trinidad & Tobago

18 December 2013

Trinidad and Tobago Express

Jason Braithwaithe who shot a man in his both legs over $10 is expected to be sentenced today for the crime. Braithwaithe, 35, who had been found guilty of shooting with intent to do grievous bodily harm to Leslie Williams and possession of a gun and ammunition, will face Justice Geoffrey Henderson in the San Fernando First Court. Williams testified that he was liming with friends at the corner of Phyllis and Stella Streets, La Romaine when Braithwaithe arrived in a... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Trinidad and Tobago Express

38202

Bahamas,Germany,Syria,Turkey,Vietnam,Yemen,Egypt,Georgia,India,Libya,Saudi Arabia

16 December 2013

Deutsche Welle

For a long time, arms exports to regions in conflict were taboo for the German government. However, the growing number of arms deals with Middle Eastern countries like Saudi Arabia or Qatar, or with Asian countries like India and Indonesia suggests that these could soon become a pillar of German foreign and security policy. This, at least, is the warning expressed in this year's weapons exports report published in Berlin on Monday (16.12.2013) by the Joint Church and... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Deutsche Welle

38196

Guadeloupe

13 December 2013

France-Antilles

[Translated summary: 346 firearms were destroyed by authorities in Guadeloupe this week, as part of the 'Drop your weapons' campaign. In addition, 892 more weapons were seized this year and it is hoped this will reduce the risk of crime.] Cut into small pieces. This is the fate that was booked, Friday noon, 346 firearms recovered over months by the gendarmerie and the police. The massacre at the crocodile shears was held in the new Recovery Company (SNR) in... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: France-Antilles

38253

Bahamas

11 December 2013

Tribune (Bahamas)

The current level of deadly violence means the Bahamas almost qualifies as an armed conflict zone, a new report reveals. Measured per 100,000 inhabitants, the murder rate over the last several years was about three times the level constituting an epidemic, roughly equivalent to a conflict zone, and continues to be one of the highest in the region. The statistics, included in the Inter-American Development Bank country strategy for the Bahamas, also reveal that in... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Tribune (Bahamas)

38175

Trinidad & Tobago

11 December 2013

Guardian (Trinidad and Tobago)

In 2013 violent crimes have been reduced by 33 per cent, acting Commissioner of Police Stephen Williams said yesterday, giving an update on the Government's mandate to the Police Service to reduce violent crimes by 50 per cent in a three-year period. Attributing this decrease to "hot-spot policing," Williams added: "The hot-spot policing approach is showing by way of confirmation that it is useful. "What we are seeing is that we have journeyed from January to November... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Guardian (Trinidad and Tobago)

38166

Dominican Republic

10 December 2013

Global Dispatch (Florida)

Dominican Republic officials and evangelicals are asking residents of violent DR neighborhoods to trade in their weapons for a Bible. Santo Domingo authorities recovered more than 1,300 firearms, knives, and machetes in communities known for corruption and violence, in a guns-for-Bibles program, aimed at reducing the country's crime rate. Church leaders went into some dangerous neighborhoods to spread the word of God to gangsters and other criminals as part of the... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Global Dispatch (Florida)

38164

Bahamas

6 December 2013

Bahamas Weekly

NASSAU, Bahamas - An enhanced effort by the RBPF Firearms Tracing and Investigations Unit, aimed at ridding the streets of illegal firearms is paying off. Officers assigned to the Unit have removed more than 100 illegal weapons off streets across New Providence since its implementation in September 2013. The recovery of five (5) illegal weapons off the streets of New Providence on Thursday 5th December 2013, was yet another example of the excellent work of the... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Bahamas Weekly

38152

United States,St Lucia

3 December 2013

What's Up Caribbean (Barbados)

Police in St. Lucia are startled as to how a civilian was able to acquire an SLR assault rifle - given that the weapon is a combat infantry weapon with a large calibre round. Officers attached to the Richmond and Dennery Police Stations successfully confiscated the rifle along with two bales of compressed marijuana from the hands of a civilian. The police department made the startling discovery Saturday November 30, 2013 during the execution of a search warrant at a... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: What's Up Caribbean (Barbados)

38159

Jamaica

3 December 2013

Jamaica Observer

Commissioner Owen Ellington appears pleased that the police force's forensic capabilities have been upgraded with new equipment and technology, as well as training for staff. Now, he is anxious to have the expertise gained by the constabulary tested in the courts. "There are some very important cases to come to court soon, and I think there's one in court now which, if we get an opportunity, we can put on display some of the new investigative techniques that we've... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Jamaica Observer

38142

Puerto Rico

3 December 2013

Latin American Herald Tribune (Venezuela)

SAN JUAN – Puerto Rico Gov. Alejandro Garcia Padilla on Monday signed two amendments to the island's gun law toughening the penalties for illegal weapons possession and for firing shots into the air, a common cause of accidents especially during the Christmas season. "Whoever fires a weapon into the air, possesses or carries an illegal weapon, will have to serve jail time without the right to probation or to diversion programs," said Garcia Padilla upon signing the... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Latin American Herald Tribune (Venezuela)

38140

Central America,South America,Caribbean,Costa Rica,Mexico

13 November 2013

Tico Times (Costa Rica)

In most of Latin America homicide rates have exceeded 10 per 100,000 inhabitants, a rate that the World Health Organization considers "epidemic," according to a new report released Tuesday by the United Nations Development Program for Latin America. The report came out one day before police leaders from 27 different countries across the Americas, including the United States, gathered in San José for the American Community of Police's (AMERIPOL) annual meeting to share... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Tico Times (Costa Rica)

38078

Jamaica

2 November 2013

Go Jamaica

The police are reporting that since the launch of Operation Resilience, a total of 295 operations have been carried out, resulting in a record seizure of 77 illegal firearms for the month of October and the arrest of 174 individuals. This figure represents the highest number of recorded firearm seizures ever in any given month since June 2010 and has further increased illegal gun seizures to 601 for the period January to October 2013. This reflects a 20 per cent... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Go Jamaica

38038

Dominican Republic

28 October 2013

Etorno Inteligente (Venezuela)

[Translated summary: The cost of applying for a firearms licence in the Dominican Republic has increased to RD$9917.01, to cover the added taxes and ballistics testing required. Authorities are recording information about each owner and their guns, including biometric details, and some gun owners have complained about the cost and time involved. An amnesty is being granted to allow people time to afford the increased costs but critics are worried that more citizens will... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Etorno Inteligente (Venezuela)

38024

Cayman Islands

15 October 2013

Cayman News Service

The three murders in Grand Cayman as well as a string of violent robberies in less than a month have stretched resources but Chief Superintendent Kurt Walton said the RCIPS is working hard to continue policing the regular day to day issues as well as dealing with the need to restore peace and normalcy to the community. The senior RCIPS officer said the public could expect to see armed officers overtly patrolling with long firearms and road blocks in a proactive response... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Cayman News Service

37978

Barbados

14 October 2013

Stabroek News (Guyana) / Daily Nation (Barbados)

The drugs-for-guns trade has reached Barbados and could be largely responsible for the increased presence and use of firearms here, say police sources. And intelligence gathered by the Regional Security Systems (RSS), the organization charged with the defence and security of the Eastern Caribbean region, seems to support this. DAILY NATION investigations have revealed that some of the guns flowing into Barbados were sent by suppliers connected to local dealers in lieu... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Stabroek News (Guyana) / Daily Nation (Barbados)

37972

Jamaica,Cayman Islands

7 October 2013

CayCompass.com (Cayman Islands)

The Cayman Islands can fight a rising tide of violent crime with a combination of the "big stick and the olive branch," according to the man behind one of Jamaica's more successful crime-fighting schemes. William Shagoury, the keynote speaker at a Crime Prevention Seminar in Grand Cayman last week, said the Cayman Islands needed to deal swiftly and strongly with its gang and gun problems before it escalated any further. A coordinated community effort involving youth... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: CayCompass.com (Cayman Islands)

37962

Jamaica

7 October 2013

Jamaica Gleaner

Four illegal guns are off the streets of Montego Bay, St James, and two men are in custody, following a raid in the Green Pond district by the Mount Salem Police yesterday morning. The raid, which was carried out in Burch Hill, Green Pond, resulted in a Glock 9mm pistol, a Beretta 9mm pistol, an Intra-Tek 9mm pistol and a Bushmaster 5.56mm rifle as well as approximately 84 assorted rounds of ammunition being seized from an occupied house in the area, and the subsequent... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Jamaica Gleaner

37943

Jamaica

2 October 2013

Caribbean 360

KINGSTON, Jamaica – The main opposition Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) has criticised the Portia Simpson Miller administration over its handling of the crime situation in Jamaica as the island recorded yet another increase in murders. Opposition spokesman on National Security, Delroy Chuck, wants the government to take decisive action to deal with the situation. "There's no doubt that the past three months have shown that we do not have crime and murders under control... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Caribbean 360

37940

Barbados

27 September 2013

Stabroek News (Guyana)

Police investigators were yesterday working with the Customs Department to determine from which country 18 disassembled firearms were shipped into Barbados. They were also looking for a fourth suspect in connection with Tuesday's weapons discovery at a Christ Church home, which included various calibers of guns and ammunition. The suspected involvement of a Customs broker and a mechanic among three people held by lawmen has triggered an intelligence operation headed... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Stabroek News (Guyana)

37937

Puerto Rico,United States

27 September 2013

Washington Post / Associated Press

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — Federal agents will start targeting high-level drug traffickers in Puerto Rico with intelligence gathered during a three-month blitz on criminal activity in the U.S. territory, the Department of Homeland Security said Thursday. The campaign is part of operation "Caribbean Resilience," which began in July 2012 and focuses on the smuggling of drugs, weapons, money and migrants. The agency says agents have seized some 53,000 pounds (24,000... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Washington Post / Associated Press

37929

Dominican Republic

17 September 2013

Dominican Today

SANTO DOMINGO - Guns have in the last eight years, an average of 133 people per month, while gunshots account for six of every 10 people who die violently, making firearms Dominican Republic's main instrument of death. The use of guns significantly increase fatalities, for which sectors favor a general disarmament as a way to cut the violence considered alarming. The study "the arms race and its effects on violence in Dominican Republic" found that guns account for... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Dominican Today

37883

Venezuela,Trinidad & Tobago

12 September 2013

Trinidad and Tobago Express

The police continue to try to rid the streets of illegal firearms. But what happens when they are faced with gangsters bringing in high-tech weapons to perpetuate their life of murder and mayhem? Can they be stopped? A crime boss along the East West corridor who has been in the business for over 20 years agreed to speak to us about his gun-running operations, why the gang war will never end, crooked cops and other nefarious activities. MARK BASSANT: So you are a... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Trinidad and Tobago Express

37868

Colombia,Mexico,Libya,Guinea-Bissau,Canada,United States,Nicaragua,Caribbean,Trinidad & Tobago,Russia

8 September 2013

Newsday (Trinidad & Tobago)

Trinidad and Tobago is awash with guns. Gang leaders, bandits, drug smugglers are armed and shooting at each other, at citizens, at the police without hesitation. The majority of the weapons are small arms and they are usually "imported" with illegal drugs or there is an exchange of drugs for arms. Drug cartels use their illicit profits to purchase these guns, the two trades being intertwined, according to the latest report from the United Nations Office for Disarmament... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Newsday (Trinidad & Tobago)

37845

Jamaica

18 August 2013

Gleaner (Jamaica)

The national security minister's push to eliminate the potentially dangerous practice of stockpiling seized guns at police stations has jammed. The Sunday Gleaner has learnt that an islandwide audit, which is the first phase of moving the guns out of the stations, has stalled, leaving dozens of weapons close to the hands of cops, who have long been accused of planting illegal weapons to make cases against suspects. In 2012, National Security Minister Peter Bunting... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Gleaner (Jamaica)

37781

United States,Puerto Rico

11 August 2013

Washington Post

MIDLOTHIAN, Virginia — When a stray bullet pierced the top of Brendon Mackey's head, the 7-year-old was on his way to a July Fourth fireworks celebration with his dad and other family members. He died the next day in a Richmond hospital, a bullet lodged at the base of his skull, sparking a methodical, door-to-door search for a most elusive killer: celebratory gunfire. Police believe someone fired a shot into the air within a 5,200-foot radius of Brendon. Witnesses... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Washington Post

37756

South America,United States,Mexico,Central America,Caribbean,Brazil

31 July 2013

Los Angeles Times

Lax U.S. gun regulations are enabling the international trafficking of high-powered weapons and fueling the spread of gun violence in Latin America and the Caribbean, the Council on Foreign Relations argues in a report urging President Obama to take action on initiatives that have foundered in Congress. More than 70% of the 99,000 weapons recovered by Mexican law enforcement since 2007 were traced to U.S. manufacturers and importers, the council report said, citing... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Los Angeles Times

37722

Jamaica

30 July 2013

Jamaica Gleaner

A military-police team was spurred into action in beleaguered communities in Annotto Bay, St Mary, after two licensed weapons reportedly owned by Robert Montague, who is chairman of the Jamaica Labour Party, were among four weapons being stored in a chest that fell into the wrong hands last week. The four weapons - three shotguns and one revolver - were being stored in a chest that was stolen from a house that was burgled in the area, only days after Annotto Bay was... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Jamaica Gleaner

37708

Caribbean,Honduras

23 July 2013

Cayman News Service

The Caribbean's ambassador to the United Nations has said the region needs to address the small arms trade which is causing intense violence in its communities. Speaking at the seventh general meeting of CARICOM and the UN in New York Monday, Irwin Larocque, CARICOM's Secretary-General said citizen security was of paramount concern as the "dimensions of the scourge of crime" increased and the region was plagued by the illegal trade in small arms. The Caribbean is a... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Cayman News Service

37687

Caribbean

10 July 2013

Bahamas Weekly

PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad and Tobago - CARICOM Member States have taken the next step in enabling the newly-created Regional Integrated Ballistic Information Network (RIBIN) Board to begin its work by electing representatives to serve on the RIBIN Board pursuant to a decision of the 5th Meeting of the Council of Ministers Responsible for National Security and Law Enforcement (CONSLE). The Director of the Forensic Science Laboratory Jamaica, Dr. Judith Mowatt, was... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Bahamas Weekly

37651

Jamaica

25 June 2013

Stabroek News (Guyana) / Gleaner (Jamaica)

The sounds of violence pierced the morning sky in the volatile area around Pechon Street in the heart of the commercial district of downtown Kingston yesterday, leaving three dead, after five persons were shot. Among the victims were two women and a policeman. The two civilian men – Oshane Bentley, 23; and Jason Watt, 22; were fatally shot at the scene, while a woman identified as Sonya Daley died at hospital. The injured woman has been identified as Gwendolyn... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Stabroek News (Guyana) / Gleaner (Jamaica)

37604

Jamaica

9 June 2013

Gleaner (Jamaica), Opinion

"Security must be the first law of the [State]; otherwise, the other laws will not operate effectively." Though not original to him, these are wise words coming through Commissioner of Police Owen Ellington, MA. Commissioner Ellington must be warmly commended for his contribution to the Sunday Observer last week, 'Dealing effectively with guns and drugs for improved public safety'. Public servants, cowering behind laws protecting state secrets and the tradition of... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Gleaner (Jamaica)

37544

St Kitts & Nevis

6 June 2013

ZIZ Radio (St Kitts)

BASSETERRE, St. Kitts - From 27 to 31 May 2013, the United Nations Regional Centre for Peace, Disarmament and Development in Latin America and the Caribbean (UNLIREC) supported the destruction of close to 400 seized and obsolete weapons and 0.67 tonnes of small arms ammunition and time-expired CS gas in Basseterre. All weapons and ammunition destroyed were documented in accordance with international standards and UNLIREC's standard operating procedures. UNLIREC also... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: ZIZ Radio (St Kitts)

37534

Dominican Republic

1 June 2013

UNLIREC Newsletter N°12, April-June 2013

A series of destruction initiatives in the Dominican Republic resulted in over 30,000 firearms and 30 tonnes of ammunition being destroyed in a collaborative effort between UNLIREC and the Ministry of the Armed Forces of the Dominican Republic. These achievements demonstrate the success in the implementation of a national action plan for stockpile management and firearms and ammunition destruction - jointly developed by UNLIREC and the Ministry of Armed Forces in 2010 -... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: UNLIREC Newsletter N°12, April-June 2013

38813

Trinidad & Tobago,Caribbean,Barbados,Jamaica

31 May 2013

Barbados Advocate

This island's top cop has revealed steps are being taken – not only on the local front, but regionally – to arrest the problem of gun crimes. Speaking during the hand-over of a hydraulic shears at the Central Police Station from the United Nations Regional Centre for Peace, Disarmament and Development in Latin America and the Caribbean (UNLIREC), Commissioner Darwin Dottin noted that there were countries in this region where more than 80 per cent of all homicides... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Barbados Advocate

37553

Caribbean,Barbados,Canada,Trinidad & Tobago,Jamaica

31 May 2013

Barbados Advocate

This island's top cop has revealed steps are being taken – not only on the local front, but regionally – to arrest the problem of gun crimes. Speaking during the hand-over of a hydraulic shears at the Central Police Station from the United Nations Regional Centre for Peace, Disarmament and Development in Latin America and the Caribbean (UNLIREC), Commissioner Darwin Dottin noted that there were countries in this region where more than 80 per cent of all homicides... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Barbados Advocate

37510

Dominica,United States,Virgin Islands (US)

15 May 2013

CBS News (USA) / Associated Press

HOUSTON — A man with ties to the Caribbean has been sentenced to 14 years in prison for sending guns bought in Texas to the U.S. Virgin Islands. A federal judge in Houston on Wednesday sentenced 22-year-old Tyrone Reid. Investigators say Reid is a citizen of Dominica who's been living in Houston. A jury in February convicted Reid of a conspiracy-related firearms count and two charges of making false statements to a firearms dealer. Prosecutors say Reid was... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: CBS News (USA) / Associated Press

37456

Antigua & Barbuda

8 May 2013

Antigua Observer

ST JOHN'S, Antigua – The president of a local shooting club said he is "concerned" licensed gun owners are not fully prepared for the responsibility – and is calling on police for more training. "It is a problem for us in terms of the club. There is a breakdown in communication between the police and the clubs," Antigua & Barbuda Shooting Club president Frank Theodore said in an interview with OBSERVER media. Theodore, who is also the treasurer of the Riffle... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Antigua Observer

37444

Jamaica

7 May 2013

Jamaica Observer

BLACK RIVER, St Elizabeth — The question continues to haunt loved ones, friends and others two weeks after Ann Marie Campbell's death. Why was a well-liked 40 year-old businesswoman and mother of three shot by someone she knew well and with whom she had no quarrel? The alleged shooter, Wayne Lewis, a licensed firearm holder, is in police custody and is scheduled to appear in the Black River Resident's Magistrates Court on May 8 on a charge of murder. The supposition... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Jamaica Observer

37417

Cayman Islands,United States

1 May 2013

CayCompass.com (Cayman Islands)

A Caymanian man accused in a gun smuggling ring that operated between Grand Cayman and south Florida between 2008 and 2009 has been sentenced to nearly four years in United States federal prison. Mikkyle Brandon Leslie was sentenced before Judge Robin Rosenbaum Monday in Fort Lauderdale following a plea deal his attorneys reached with federal prosecutors earlier this year. Leslie could have faced between 20 to 30 years in prison if he had gone to trial and been... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: CayCompass.com (Cayman Islands)

37411

Barbados

30 April 2013

Stabroek News (Guyana)

Barbadians are being advised to be careful with their identification cards as criminals are using stolen or bogus cards in their operations to import illegal drugs and guns. Speaking to the Daily Nation yesterday, head of the Police Drug Squad, Superintendent Grafton Phillips, said that over the last year the Drug Squad had discovered that people were going to the Bridgetown Port, post offices, the cargo section at Grantley Adams International Airport and courier... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Stabroek News (Guyana)

37393

Antigua & Barbuda

23 April 2013

Caribarena Antigua

ANTIGUA ST JOHN'S - Minister of National Security and labour Dr. Errol Cort issued a stern warning to persons in possession of illegal firearms and ammunition. Cort made the threat on Monday as he addressed law men during a hand-over ceremony where representatives from the United Nations Regional Centre for Peace delivered two vital pieces of equipment over to the police. The equipment, hydraulic shears and a burning tank, both integral in the reduction of illegal... (GunPolicy.org)

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37361

Bahamas

18 April 2013

Tribune (Bahamas)

Officials in the Bahamas had hoped that the now failed proposed measure to expand gun background checks in the United States would have assisted law enforcement here to stem the tide of illegal firearms into the country. Attorney General Allyson Maynard-Gibson, speaking to reporters yesterday, said any legislation that would have made it more difficult to traffic in firearms would have had a significant impact in the Bahamas. "Very early on in our administration, the... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Tribune (Bahamas)

37346

South America,South Asia,East Africa,North Africa,Western Europe,Southern Europe,East Asia,Central America,Southern Africa,Oceania,Africa,Americas,Asia,Europe,Liberia,Sierra Leone,South Sudan,Haiti,South Africa

10 April 2013

United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), Media release

VIENNA - Almost half a million people (437,000) across the world lost their lives in 2012 as a result of intentional homicide, according to a new study by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC). Launching the Global Study on Homicide 2013 in London today, Jean-Luc Lemahieu, Director for Policy Analysis and Public Affairs, said: "Too many lives are being tragically cut short, too many families and communities left shattered. There is an urgent need to... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC)

38560

El Salvador,Honduras,Jamaica

1 April 2013

Gleaner (Jamaica)

Seeking to take the monster of crime by the scruff, the Jamaican police have proposed radical legislative changes that would provide, among other things, lengthy prison sentences for gun-related crimes. The recommendation forms the linchpin of the Jamaica Gun Project, an initiative conceptualised by the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) to stem the hundreds of gun-related crimes the island records each year. "Gun offenders give us the equivalent in Jamaica of one 9/11... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Gleaner (Jamaica)

37260

Trinidad & Tobago

27 March 2013

Trinidad and Tobago Express

Small arms, including handguns and rifles, are weapons of mass destruction in this country, said Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Dookeran. Dookeran made the statement on Tuesday night as he delivered the opening remarks at a town meeting held by the Police Complaints Authority (PCA) at his constituency office in Tunapuna. Dookeran is the Member of Parliament for Tunapuna. "Small arms are an important part of the armoury of the criminal industry and the region has... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Trinidad and Tobago Express

37243

Caribbean

20 March 2013

Caribbean 360

GEORGETOWN, Guyana – Caribbean Community (CARICOM) countries will be pressing for a successful conclusion to the final negotiation session of the United Nations Diplomatic Conference on an Arms Trade Treaty which began at the United Nations on Monday, according to a statement issued by the CARICOM Secretariat. It said such an outcome to the 10-day conference is of vital importance to CARICOM, noting that at the CARICOM Inter-Sessional summit in Haiti last month,... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Caribbean 360

37210

Africa,Americas,Asia,Europe,Oceania,United States,Russia,Italy,Germany,Brazil,Switzerland,Israel,Austria,South Korea,Belgium,Spain,Turkey,Norway,Canada,United Kingdom,Australia,France,Pakistan,Yemen,Honduras,El Salvador,Jamaica

18 March 2013

al Jazeera

Diplomats from around the world have gathered at the UN for talks on an international arms trade treaty, in an effort to stop the sale of illegal conventional arms. Similar talks held last July failed, mainly due to the objections of the US and Russia, the world's two largest arms exporters. Al Jazeera has compiled a list of facts related to the global production and trading of small arms. 1. Authorised international transfers of small arms, light weapons, their... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: al Jazeera

37196

Europe,China,Asia,Americas,Oceania,Kenya,Cuba,Côte d'Ivoire,Africa,Central America,Russia,United States

7 March 2013

Amnesty International (London), Media release

It is estimated at least half a million people are killed with guns every year and on average a further 200,000 men, women and children die as an indirect result of armed conflicts and violence that are frequently fuelled by the uncontrolled flow of small arms. And for every person that is killed in an armed conflict, many more are injured and tortured, raped, abused, forcibly disappeared, taken hostage or displaced. Even more have their access to food, water, shelter,... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Amnesty International (London)

37175

Caribbean,Antigua & Barbuda

4 March 2013

Caribarena (Antigua)

Antigua St. John's - Former Prison Superintendent Eric Henry has pointed to an inextricable link between the drug trade and the proliferation of firearms in the country, while addressing, on a talk show programme, the high incidence of gun crimes nationally and regionally. Calling the recent spate of gun-related violence in Antigua & Barbuda "frightening," Henry alluded to the proximity of the Caribbean islands, and pointed to similar worrying gun-crime situations in... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Caribarena (Antigua)

37140

Jamaica

3 March 2013

Gleaner (Jamaica)

In Jamaica, a loaf of bread retails at a corner shop for about $235 while a single 9mm bullet can be bought for about $280 or less. The degree of difficulty in purchasing the bread or the bullet is relatively the same: zero. A special Sunday Gleaner probe has confirmed that one does not have to work up a sweat to buy bullets on the streets of Jamaica. It is literally no problem, as we found out when we purchased 25 of these 9mm bullets last week. Anyone interested in... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Gleaner (Jamaica)

37129

United Arab Emirates,Qatar,Oman,Kuwait,Bahamas,Germany,Saudi Arabia

25 February 2013

RT-TV Novosti (Russia)

German military exports to Persian Gulf nations doubled in 2012 amid repeatedly-voiced international concerns over gross human rights violations in the region. The German government has been fiercely accused of unscrupulousness in arms sales. The latest report published by Munich-based Süddeutsche Zeitung newspaper suggests that German arms export to the six nations belonging to the Cooperation Council for the Arab States of the Gulf has grown two-fold, from 570... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: RT-TV Novosti (Russia)

37110

Dominican Republic

22 February 2013

El Nuevo Diario (Dominican Republic)

[Translated summary: The Dominican Republic's Ministry of Interior and Police, with the help of the United Nations, has destroyed 706 guns to combat trafficking. Many of the weapons were not registered or their markings had been altered.] El Ministerio de Interior y Policía (MIP), por disposición del ministro José Ramón Fadul y con la colaboración del Programa de Acción de Desarme de la Organización de las Naciones Unidas (ONU), destruyó 706 armas de fuego de... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: El Nuevo Diario (Dominican Republic)

37112

Trinidad & Tobago,South Africa

20 February 2013

Guardian (Trinidad and Tobago)

As the Government battles unbridled gun violence, national security adviser Gary Griffith says guns don't kill people, people kill people. On Friday, Olympic blade runner Oscar Pistorius appeared before the court in South Africa charged with the murder of his 29-year-old girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp who had been shot four times with Pistorius' licensed gun. In South Africa where levels of crime are extremely high, many private citizens have licensed guns. But the... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Guardian (Trinidad and Tobago)

37086

Dominican Republic

30 January 2013

Dominican Today

Santo Domingo - Justice minister Francisco Domínguez on Tuesday slammed criticized [sic] that for more than 20 years law enforcement agencies' policy of "cronyism" for giving weapons to politicians and businesspersons, to befriend them and get favors in return. He said even when many of those weapons are used for protection, it's also the military and police's method to gain their acceptance. Dominguez said the weapons handed out range from pistols to machine guns.... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Dominican Today

37005

Jamaica

29 January 2013

Go Jamaica

Four persons are now in police custody in connection with the seizure of four illegal guns in separate incidents yesterday. The police report that a man and a woman were arrested after a .45 semi-automatic pistol with serial number erased, along with three .45 cartridges was found in a car along Maxfield Avenue yesterday. According to reports from the Constabulary Communications Network, three homemade firearms were also seized in separate operations in St. James... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Go Jamaica

37009

Trinidad & Tobago

26 January 2013

Trinidad and Tobago's Newsday

Firearms are used in almost 80 percent of the murders in the country, therefore it is critical that the police target getting guns out of the hands of criminals. So said Ag Commissioner of Police, Stephen Williams, at the AmCham monthly meeting at the Hilton yesterday. According to Williams, the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service (TTPS) recovers firearms almost every day. He said it was important for the police to find ways of reducing the illegal entry of firearms... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Trinidad and Tobago's Newsday

37004

Mexico,Puerto Rico,Dominican Republic

23 January 2013

Huffington Post (USA) / Voxxi

The Dominican Republic continues to be the main command center for drug trafficking in the Caribbean region, with an increase in the past two years of 800 percent of the cocaine to United States and Europe. According to the European Union's COPOLAD Program (drug partnership cooperation program between the European Union and Latin America), the lack of control and technological resources of the Dominican ports Multimodal Caucedo and Haina pose a major threat to the... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Huffington Post (USA) / Voxxi

36984

England & Wales,Jamaica

13 January 2013

BBC News

An eight-year-old girl from south London shot dead when a gunman opened fire in a shop in Jamaica was a "happy, playful and popular" pupil, her head teacher has said. Imani Green was inside her cousin's shop in the rural north coast town of Duncans on Friday when a man entered the store and an argument broke out. Police said the man then opened fire, shooting at people inside. Imani, from Balham, was hit and died later in hospital. Three other people are being... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: BBC News

36935

United States,Bahamas

11 January 2013

Tribune (Bahamas)

A 60-year-old American has been arrested for failing to declare the firearms on his boat to Royal Bahamas Defence Force officers. Acting on a tip, Harbour Patrol searched the man's vessel, which was moored in Nassau Harbour on Wednesday at around 11:30pm. Once aboard, authorities found two handguns, two shot guns, one rifle and a large quantity of ammunition for the weapons. The RBDF officers arrested the man and turned him over to police shortly after. Police said... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Tribune (Bahamas)

36942

Guatemala,El Salvador,Venezuela,United States,Australia,Jamaica,Russia,Colombia

5 January 2013

New York Times

In the wake of the tragic shooting deaths at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., last month, the National Rifle Association proposed that the best way to protect schoolchildren was to place a guard — a "good guy with a gun" — in every school, part of a so-called National School Shield Emergency Response Program. Indeed, the N.R.A.'s solution to the expansion of gun violence in America has been generally to advocate for the more widespread deployment and... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: New York Times

36904

Honduras,Colombia,Mexico,Panama,Guatemala,Swaziland,South Africa,Jamaica,Philippines,Brazil,El Salvador,United States

17 December 2012

Forbes (USA)

Few major nations have the right to bear arms configured in their Constitution. Even fewer (as in we are the only one) have gun control legislation as a hot button political issue. The U.S. is the most violent core economy in terms of gun related deaths. It is also the leader in gun violence at school campuses. Yet, the U.S. does not lead the world in firearms related deaths. Countries were gangs and drugs are a problem top the list, even where there is strict gun... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Forbes (USA)

36832

Caribbean,Guyana

6 December 2012

Jamaica Gleaner

PORT-OF-SPAIN - A senior official of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Implementation Agency for Crime and Security (IMPACS) has described as "disturbing" the illicit trafficking of small arms and the growth of gangs in the region. "Our borders are targets for drug traffickers, people trafficking and, most disturbing, illicit trafficking in small arms and ammunition. Our homicide rates are notorious and often defy logic, except when placed alongside the high number of... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Jamaica Gleaner

36805

Bahamas

30 November 2012

Tribune (Bahamas)

Crime in the Bahamas is down 6 per cent overall for the first three quarters of 2012 compared to the same period last year, Commissioner of Police Ellison Greenslade said yesterday. Speaking to the press, the Commissioner said there have been significant decreases in all crimes against property and in all categories of crime against the person, with the exception of armed robberies. According to statistics 
released by the Royal Bahamas Police Force there has been a... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Tribune (Bahamas)

36789

United States,Antigua & Barbuda

27 November 2012

Caribarena News (Antigua)

ST JOHN'S, Antigua - After considerable delay and quite some nagging, the Antigua & Barbuda Coast Guard has finally received two much-needed 'Interceptor Vessels' to aid in its fight against human trafficking, drug and gun smuggling and in search and rescue operations. The 33-foot class A interceptor vessels come as part of US President Barack Obama's Caribbean Basin Security Initiative (CBSI) and Sea Secure Program. They were officially handed over on Monday during a... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Caribarena News (Antigua)

36787

Jamaica,Haiti

24 November 2012

Jamaica Observer

KINGSTON Jamaica - The Police have named the four men killed Friday afternoon in New Town, St Elizabeth. The four men are: Kenrick Bennett of Parottee, St. Elizabeth Rohan Barrett of Tivoli Gardens, Kingston Carlington Wallace of New Town St. Elizabeth; and Turine Wallace also of New Town St. Elizabeth According to the police two 9mm pistols and seven rounds of ammunition were seized at the incident scene. Police say that Bennett otherwise called 'Guns' along with... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Jamaica Observer

36768

Trinidad & Tobago

18 November 2012

Guardian (Trinidad and Tobago)

Arouca Police yesterday seized more than 300 rounds of ammunition, a mini AK-47 rifle and a quantity of drugs at a house in Bon Air. The seizure was followed by the arrest of a 36-year-old man said to be a firearms dealer. Assistant Commissioner of Police Wayne Dick of the Northern Division sent a stern warning to the criminals that they would have to bow to the police as they try to rid the streets of illegal guns and drugs. "Keep out of Trinidad and Tobago," Dick... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Guardian (Trinidad and Tobago)

36750

United States,Bahamas,Mexico

6 November 2012

Caribbean360

ROME, Italy – The Bahamas has called on the international law enforcement community to help the Caribbean deal with the illegal drugs trade, warning that despite regional efforts to curb the shipment of illegal drugs the trade has left behind a culture of dishonesty, disrespect, and urban violence in the country. National Security Minister Dr. Bernard Nottage, addressing the International Police (INTERPOL) General assembly here, said that The Bahamas, for example,... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Caribbean360

36727

St Kitts & Nevis

2 November 2012

St Kitts & Nevis Observer

A Cole Hill juvenile could be spending the next 30 years in prison if a Nevis Magistrate imposes the maximum penalty for gun possession. The 16-year-old appeared before the Her Honor Yasmine Clarke in his school uniform on Tuesday (Oct 30) to answer to three charges - two counts of possession of a firearms and one count of five possession of ammunition. The juvenile had no legal representation and his mother explained to the court that she could not afford lawyers'... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: St Kitts & Nevis Observer

36715

Dominican Republic,Americas,United States

23 October 2012

Caribbean Journal

The Dominican Republic has received a firearms marking machine from the Organization of American States, part of a regional effort to tackle the growing problem of illicit arms trafficking. The OAS has now implemented the programme, called "Promoting Firearms Marking in Latin America and the Caribbean," in 25 countries in Latin America and the Caribbean. The donation, which was funded by the government of the United States, was presented during a ceremony in Santo... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Caribbean Journal

36677

Dominican Republic

19 October 2012

Listin Diario (Dominican Republic)

[Translated Summary - There are calls for the Dominican Republic to increase the taxes for gun possession and carry licences to reduce violence against women and children. However others have called for tougher controls on those who can access firearms.] SANTO DOMINGO - La ministra de la Mujer, Alejandrina Germán, pidió hoy incluir el aumento de los impuestos de la expedición y renovación de licencia de armas de fuego en el proyecto de reforma fiscal integral,... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Listin Diario (Dominican Republic)

36656

Bahamas

15 October 2012

Bahama Journal

Statistics obtained by the Bahama Journal have revealed that to date, police have confiscated 403 firearms from throughout The Bahamas. In August, that number stood at 325. At this same point last year, police took 200 guns into their possession. Ammunition confiscation is also up this year as police have confiscated 6,025 live rounds when compared to 3,000 at this same point last year. Just this past weekend, police arrested a 19-year-old man in the Balfour Avenue... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Bahama Journal

36644

Trinidad & Tobago

11 October 2012

InSight Crime (Bogota)

Trinidad and Tobago's security minister has banned the release of crime reports and statistics, saying the data sensationalizes crime and spurs acts of violence, a dubious claim that reveals potential political motivations behind the move. Security Minister Jack Warner, who in June 2011 stepped down from his three-decade post as vice minister of the world soccer body, FIFA, said in a statement that the temporary measure would "ensure that crime statistics are not... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: InSight Crime (Bogota)

36637

Jamaica

10 October 2012

Go Jamaica

Forty-seven-year-old businessman Leroy Fearon, of Cave Hill Estates, St Catherine who was convicted last month of gun offences which resulted after a road rage incident is to be sentenced tomorrow. He should have been sentenced today but Supreme Court Judge Lloyd Hibbert has given Fearon's lawyer more time to research the Firearms Act. One of the sticking points in Fearon's case is the minimum mandatory sentence of 15 years. Some lawyers have expressed the view... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Go Jamaica

36633

Puerto Rico,Mexico,Honduras,Barbados,United States,Colombia

8 October 2012

Kansas City Star (Missouri) / Miami Herald

A sensational election-season report into the botched Operation Fast and Furious gun-tracking operation has cast new light on a simultaneous Florida firearms investigation linked to violence in Colombia, Honduras and Puerto Rico. Called Operation Castaway, the Florida case has received far less attention than Fast and Furious. The latter became an embarrassing distraction for Obama's administration when it was implicated in the death of a federal agent and Mexico... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Kansas City Star (Missouri) / Miami Herald

36635

Jamaica

25 September 2012

Caribbean Journal, Opinion

Retired Senior Superintendent Anthony Hewitt was shot dead by gunmen last week in Kingston. This was very bad news for Jamaica's law enforcement community and the international agencies with whom they cooperate. It was a virtual kick in the teeth to the Rule of Law in Jamaica. With an economy buoyed by tourism receipts, Jamaica has a significant interest in the meticulous preservation of the Rule of Law in the country. In what seemed to be a singularly professional... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Caribbean Journal

36598

United States,St Kitts & Nevis

24 September 2012

SKN Vibes (St Kitts & Nevis)

BASSETERRE - Authorities in St. Kitts and Nevis are using a new investigative tool to help tackle gun-related crimes. Twelve persons from the Royal St. Christopher and Nevis Police Force and Her Majesty's Customs spent September 18 to 20 learning about the electronic tracing of firearms, firearms identification, safety, and investigative techniques. Ollie Mier and Neil Troppman of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) - which is a law... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: SKN Vibes (St Kitts & Nevis)

36585

Jamaica

17 September 2012

Jamaica Observer

KINGSTON, Jamaica — The Montego Bay Police seized a firearm and other items believed to be used in the making of homemade firearms in Tucker district, St James yesterday. No one was arrested in connection with the seizure. Police report that about 4:00 pm, a team of officers conducted an operation in the area, during which the items — a Lorcin 9mm pistol with the serial number partially erased, a magazine containing ten 9mm rounds, two magazine moulds, two pistol... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Jamaica Observer

36564

Peru,Argentina,Dominican Republic,Colombia,Mexico,Russia,United States

28 August 2012

InSight Crime (Bogota)

The lights blanketing the globe on Google's latest foray into data visualization tell a hidden story of the gun trafficking business: that understanding the movement of ammunition is just as important as understanding the movement of weapons. Google says the interactive map, which was a joint initiative between Google Ideas and the Brazil-based Igarape Institute, was pulled together using more than a million data points of small arms, light weapons, and ammunition... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: InSight Crime (Bogota)

36509

South America,Central America,Caribbean

28 August 2012

InSight Crime (Bogota)

According to a recent report by European research project Small Arms Survey, 21 out of 23 countries in Latin America and the Caribbean exceed the global average for the number of homicides committed with firearms. The report, released on August 27, shows that firearms homicides in Latin America and the Caribbean are far higher than the global average of 42 percent. Firearms were found to be used in 60 percent of homicides in South America, 61 percent in the Caribbean,... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: InSight Crime (Bogota)

36507

Trinidad & Tobago,Americas

16 August 2012

Caribbean Journal

Trinidad and Tobago's cabinet has approved $45.39 million USD for the country's fight against crime, National Security Minister Jack Warner announced Thursday. The funding will be used to improve the police service, he said. "There will be the full-time establishment of 5,000 Special Reserve Police Officers," Warner said. "We shall also establish police community support groups in all nine police divisions. These SRPs will be placed in all nine police... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Caribbean Journal

36484

Cayman Islands,United States,Caribbean

9 August 2012

CayCompass.com (Cayman Islands)

US prosecutors have declined to release names and addresses of the witnesses and co-conspirators involved in a gun-running operation between south Florida and Grand Cayman after attorneys for one of the suspects in the case requested those records earlier this year. "The disclosure of the names and addresses of government witnesses is likely to endanger the safety of the witnesses and the viability of the prosecution," prosecutors noted in a 26 July court filing.... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: CayCompass.com (Cayman Islands)

36454

United States,Caribbean

3 August 2012

Caribbean 360, Opinion

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados - Caribbean Community (CARICOM) countries joined dozens of other nations in fighting for a robust and comprehensive Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) during negotiations at the United Nations headquarters in New York from 2 to 27 July, but their efforts were frustrated by President Barack Obama's re-election campaign team. The Caribbean countries have very good reason for wanting a strong ATT. In recent years, these countries have become the hapless victims... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Caribbean 360

36428

Puerto Rico

30 July 2012

Caribbean Journal

Puerto Rico now has a new Penal Code, following a signing ceremony by Governor Luis Fortuño. "Today we make history, by offering greater protection and justice to victims of crime and setting higher, fixed penalties for the most dangerous criminals who terrorize our families," Fortuño said. The new code was the result of more than three years of work by a legislative commission tasked with revising the earlier 2004 version. The law was passed following a series of... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Caribbean Journal

36413

Mexico,Canada,United States,Central America,North America,Caribbean

25 July 2012

Time (USA)

Looming over the aftermath of the Aurora shooting is the long-standing and largely fruitless American debate over gun control. My colleague Alex Altman wrote lucidly about the paralysis that grips many U.S. politicians on both sides of the aisle when forced to account for a tragedy of this magnitude. More stringent controls could have thwarted the shooting suspect from spending months undetected while he amassed an arsenal of assault weapons, heavy ammunition and body... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Time (USA)

36387

South America,Caribbean,Jamaica

18 July 2012

Jamaica Information Service

The [Jamaican] Government has acquired two firearm marking machines to support its efforts to stem the illicit trafficking in small arms. The Dot Peen machines, obtained through an agreement with the Organization of American States (OAS), will allow the authorities to trace weapons by placing marks on them, which cannot be easily erased, should they fall into the possession of criminals. In addition to the machines, two laptop computers were also handed over for... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Jamaica Information Service

36348

Trinidad & Tobago

13 July 2012

Trinidad and Tobago Express

Four firearms, including a Russian-made AK-47 assault rifle and a shot gun were seized and 43 people including a member of the regiment were arrested following two exercises in the Diego Martin and Laventille areas. In addition to the weapons, officers also found bullet-proof vests, ammunition, handcuffs, wireless radios and camouflage kits. Police said during the period 4 p.m. to 6.30 p.m. on Thursday, members of the Western Division Criminal Investigations... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Trinidad and Tobago Express

36347

Oceania,Europe,Asia,Americas,Africa,United States,Pakistan,Cuba,Iran,China,Russia

8 July 2012

New York Times, Editorial

The world is awash in conventional weapons, like tanks, firearms and aircraft, with the market valued at $40 billion to $60 billion a year. Far too many of these arms are fueling conflicts and atrocities in Syria, Sudan, the Democratic Republic of Congo and beyond. They have been used to kill countless innocent civilians, and they will be used against countless more if the international community does not find a way to keep them out of the hands of unscrupulous regimes,... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: New York Times

36316

Caribbean,Trinidad & Tobago

6 July 2012

Bernama (Malaysia) / Prensa Latina (Havana)

UNITED NATIONS - Trinidad and Tobago Thursday stressed the need to achieve an Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) that is comprehensive and mandatory. The Foreign Minister of Trinidad and Tobagos, Winston Dookeran, addressed the high level segment of the Conference of the United Nations (UN) on the subject, which will be held until next July 27 at the headquarters of the international organisation. Dookeran referred to the negative impact of illegal trade in arms and ammunition... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Bernama (Malaysia) / Prensa Latina (Havana)

36304

Dominican Republic

5 July 2012

Dominican Today

SANTO DOMINGO - Just one day after Justice minister Radhames Jimenez admitted defeat in the fight against femicides, a prominent political scientist affirms that disarming the population would help sharply reduce the most violent of deaths, where both the victim and perpetrator had weapons . Daniel Pou called "alarming" the number of people who die from gunshots every day. "We must implement a policy of disarmament … There's quite a direct link between the use of... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Dominican Today

36318

Somalia,Congo (DRC),Caribbean,Oceania,Europe,Asia,Americas,Africa,Liberia,Australia

2 July 2012

Sydney Morning Herald, Opinion

Ten years ago, tens of thousands of Kalashnikov assault rifles were transported into the West African country of Liberia. It was a violation of the UN arms embargo. The weapons were used by forces loyal to Charles Taylor to commit the most terrible crimes. Boys, some as young as 11, were handed these weapons and told to kill. In the farms and villages of places such as Bong County on the border with Guinea, these Kalashnikovs became weapons of massive destruction. The... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Sydney Morning Herald

36293

United States,Haiti

20 June 2012

Haiti News 509

[Translated summary: Federal Agents arrested two Haitian in Jacksonville, USA, for illegal import of 13 firearms into Haiti.] JACKSONVILLE, Etats-unis – Les Agents Fédéraux ont arrêté deux haïtiens à Jacksonville, le mercredi 20 juin, et les ont accusés d 'avoir illégalement importé en contrebande 13 armes à feu en Haïti, avec des plans d 'entrer clandestinement avec plus de 100 autres armes bientôt. Niyo Baptisme et Jude Fontus accusés de l'affaire ont... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Haiti News 509

36268

Antigua & Barbuda

15 June 2012

Caribarena News (Antigua & Barbuda)

Antigua St. John's - Following Thursday's success in Gaston Browne's "Turn in a Gun and get $1000" programme, the MP has announced that he will now be upping the tradeoff to $2000. The unlicensed weapon, which was turned over some time after noon on Thursday, has already been handed over to police for processing. Browne said he could not speak to the name and calibre of the weapon. "All I know is that it is a gun and it can shoot and kill people," he said. The... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Caribarena News (Antigua & Barbuda)

36244

Bahamas

10 June 2012

Tribune (Bahamas)

Government ministers carrying weapons could open the door to the Bahamas becoming a "gun-toting" society. The warning came from the FNM's deputy leader after it was revealed two ministers were personally armed. Loretta Butler-Turner, who said she had received two death threats herself, branded the government "reckless" and said it was sending the wrong message by allowing ministers to carry guns. "I would ask this government to reflect on the gravity of what is... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Tribune (Bahamas)

36225

United States,Caribbean,Grenada,St Vincent & Grenadines,St Lucia

8 June 2012

Caribbean360.com (Barbados)

NEW YORK, USA – St Lucia, St Vincent and the Grenadines, and Grenada will benefit from a United Nation's (UN) assistance package aimed at strengthening their capacity to combat the illicit trafficking in small arms and light weapons nationally, as well as in the Caribbean region. The United Nations Office for Disarmament Affairs, through its Regional Centre for Peace, Disarmament and Development in Latin America and the Caribbean (UNLIREC), has provided the island... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Caribbean360.com (Barbados)

36230

Puerto Rico

7 June 2012

La Prensa / EFE News Agency

[Translated summary: Amnesty International in Puerto Rico raises concern on the possible consequences of the explicit support of the police superintendent to citizens using firearms for self-defence.] SAN JUAN - Amnistía Internacional (AI) Sección de Puerto Rico expresó hoy a través de un comunicado su preocupación ante las posibles consecuencias del apoyo explícito del jefe de la Policía de la isla, Héctor Pesquera, a que la ciudadanía utilice armas de fuego... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: La Prensa / EFE News Agency

36223

Bahamas

7 June 2012

Nassau Guardian (Bahamas)

Minister of State for National Security Keith Bell said yesterday he does not understand why anyone would criticize his decision and that of National Security Minister Dr. Bernard Nottage to carry guns. Bell confirmed to The Nassau Guardian on Tuesday that both he and Nottage are personally armed. He also pointed out that both he and Nottage have been trained to use firearms. Former Minister of National Security Tommy Turnquest said at a press conference on... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Nassau Guardian (Bahamas)

36219

Dominican Republic

1 June 2012

Diario Libre (Dominican Republic)

SANTO DOMINGO - In the face of the advance of criminality in the country, it seems that the Dominicans have decided to purchase weapons for themselves for their defense, which is demonstrated by the 298,432 legally registered firearms at the Ministry of the Interior and the Police. In February of this year, Interior and Police only had 203,394 firearms registered, and from then until now there has been an increase of 95,038. The majority of these weapons have carry... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Diario Libre (Dominican Republic)

36204

Dominican Republic

1 June 2012

Listin Diario (Dominican Republic)

[Translated summary: The President of Senate of Dominican Republic agreed to a disarmament of people who own firearms, but it must be directed primarily to those who carry them illegally, as it is the case of offenders.] SANTO DOMINGO - El presidente del Senado, Reinaldo Pared Pérez, se mostró de acuerdo con un desarme de las personas que poseen armas de fuego, pero que debe estar dirigido básicamente a quienes la portan de manera ilegal, como es el caso de los... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Listin Diario (Dominican Republic)

36201

United States,France,United Kingdom,China,Pakistan,Venezuela,Cuba,Iran,Algeria,Egypt,Russia,Syria,Oceania,Europe,Asia,Americas,Africa

29 May 2012

Chicago Tribune / Reuters

LONDON - States must set legally binding global rules on weapon and ammunition sales, aid agency Oxfam said on Tuesday, ahead of a United Nations summit to agree an arms treaty to prevent arms reaching human rights violators. Citing the example of Syria, which has continued to receive arms shipments even as it is accused of killing more than 9,000 civilians in a crackdown on a popular uprising, Oxfam said it is vital that regulations on weapons sales are... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Chicago Tribune / Reuters

36186

Bahamas,Caribbean

21 May 2012

UN Dispatch (New York)

NEW YORK - In May, the United Nations Office for Disarmament Affairs, through its Regional Centre for Peace, Disarmament and Development in Latin America and the Caribbean, provided a set of small arms destruction equipment to the Bahamas and trained national officers on the use of the equipment. These activities aim to strengthen the capacity of the Bahamas to combat the illicit trafficking in small arms and light weapons nationally, as well as in the Caribbean region.... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: UN Dispatch (New York)

36150

Bahamas

14 May 2012

Eleutheran (Bahamas)

NASSAU -- The Government of The Bahamas will introduce a National Firearms Control Strategy to counter the proliferation of illegal firearms within the country, Minister of National Security Dr. the Hon. Bernard B.J. Nottage said Monday. Dr. Nottage said violence associated with the use of those firearms will be reduced as a result of the Strategy. Dr. Nottage said the National Strategy, along with an improved gun registry, the marking and tracing of weapons, improved... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Eleutheran (Bahamas)

36125

Trinidad & Tobago,Caribbean

17 April 2012

Guardian (Trinidad and Tobago)

Law enforcement officers will be placed under greater scrutiny as Government moves to clamp down on those who sell or rent state-issued weapons to criminals. Minister of National Security John Sandy made the announcement at the Police Academy, St James, yesterday while delivering the feature address at the opening of a sub-regional inter-training course on combating the illicit trafficking in firearms and explosives for the Caribbean states. "Let me state categorically... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Guardian (Trinidad and Tobago)

36038

Jamaica

30 March 2012

Caribbean Press Releases

KINGSTON - The Government is to acquire two firearm marking machines to assist with efforts to stem the illegal trafficking in small arms. The Dot Peen machines will allow the authorities to trace weapons by placing marks on them, which cannot be easily erased, should they fall into the possession of criminals. They will be procured by the Ministry of National Security as part of a co-operation agreement with the Organization of American States (OAS), which was signed... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Caribbean Press Releases

35974

Puerto Rico

15 March 2012

International Action Network on Small Arms / IANSA

A gun amnesty in Puerto Rico has removed more than 400 firearms and over 30,000 rounds of ammunition from circulation since it began in February 2012. The amnesty is overseen by the Ministry of Sports and Recreation, in cooperation with local government and religious centres across the country. Over 35 churches have received training in how to handle surrendered weapons and have been certified as gun collection points. Henry Neumann, of the Ministry, said the... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: International Action Network on Small Arms / IANSA

38877

Puerto Rico

12 March 2012

Daily Sun (Puerto Rico)

The government has pulled out of circulation more than 400 firearms as well as more than 30,000 rounds of ammunition since last month's amnesty to turn them in came into effect, said the Secretary of Sports and Recreation, Henry Neumann. "We have already collected over 400 firearms throughout Puerto Rico … more than 30,000 rounds of ammunition have been delivered to us as of 4 p.m. on Saturday, and we are letting the people know of the success behind this measure and... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Daily Sun (Puerto Rico)

35911

Jamaica,El Salvador,Honduras,South America,Venezuela

12 March 2012

El Tiempo (Bogotá) / AFP

[Translated summary: 93% of homicide victims recorded in 2011 in Venezuela were males aged between 15 and 24 years. The vast majority died by gunshot.] CARACAS - Homicidios y secuestros no dan tregua; así lo reveló un estudio divulgado este lunes en Caracas. De acuerdo con este informe, el año pasado fue el más sangriento en la historia reciente de Venezuela, con la mayor tasa de homicidios y secuestros, a la vez que la violencia en las cárceles se cobró un... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: El Tiempo (Bogotá) / AFP

35904

Jamaica

9 March 2012

Jamaica Observer

ACED with harsh criticism over the recent killing of innocent persons during an operation in Denham Town earlier this week, the police have sought to assure the country that they are determined to reduce the body count as the try to beat back the crime monster. Speaking in this week's force orders, Police Commissioner Owen Ellington, pointed to the difficult conditions members of the constabulary work under. "We are determined to reduce incidence of fatal encounters... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Jamaica Observer

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Jamaica

8 March 2012

San Francisco Chronicle / AP

KINGSTON, Jamaica -- Security personnel armed with M16s and machine guns manned roadblocks and detained dozens of young men Thursday as part of a crackdown in a Jamaican ghetto where a 13-year-old girl, two elderly men and three others were killed during reported shootouts between police and gunmen. Residents of the Denham Town slum in West Kingston blame officers for Monday's killings and the gritty area has been under curfew amid an ongoing security operation to... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: San Francisco Chronicle / AP

35897

Timor-Leste,Thailand,Sri Lanka,Myanmar,Indonesia,South Asia,South East Asia,Israel,Iran,Cuba,United States,Japan,China,Brunei,Philippines,Pakistan,India,Asia

6 March 2012

Jakarta Post

The United Nations is urging all nations in the Asia region to implement concrete solutions to stop illegal trading in small arms and light weapons. "Over the past decades, trade has made this region grow so phenomenally. If you are a region where international trade is what makes you tick, you better also make sure that you are seen as doing trade in the right way," UN disarmament affairs official Daniel Prins told reporters on the sidelines of opening the Asian... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Jakarta Post

35886

Estonia,Dominican Republic,Ecuador,Ukraine,Kyrgyzstan,Moldova,Kazakhstan,Belize,Latvia,Venezuela,Belarus,Lithuania,Bahamas,Bolivia,Azerbaijan,Russia,Antigua & Barbuda,Guyana,South Africa,Jamaica,Honduras,Guatemala,El Salvador,South America,Colombia,Brazil,Central America,Caribbean

2 March 2012

RT-TV Novosti (Russia)

[Translated summary: Nearly a third of crimes against women are committed with a firearm and in Brazil, Colombia, El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras this indicator is 60% - Small Arms Survey.] El mayor nivel de feminicidios se registra en Latinoamérica y el Caribe. Catorce países latinoamericanos aparecen entre los 25 del mundo con la tasa más elevada de crímenes contra la mujer. El informe de la organización de investigaciones independientes Small Arms Survey,... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: RT-TV Novosti (Russia)

35882

Philippines,Trinidad & Tobago,Zimbabwe,Zambia,Uganda,Tanzania,Senegal,Congo (DRC),Pakistan,Nigeria,Niger,Namibia,Morocco,Mauritania,Malawi,Madagascar,Côte d'Ivoire,Burkina Faso,Botswana,Egypt,Angola,Algeria,South Africa,Ghana,China,United States,Austria,Russia,Israel,Bahrain,Asia,Africa,Brazil

28 February 2012

Huffington Post (USA)

A small, scratched metal can thrown on the ground created Brazil's first diplomatic embarrassment of 2012. The canister of tear gas had been collected by pro-democracy activists in Bahrain. Stamped across the can in blue was a Brazilian flag and the words 'MADE IN BRAZIL.' One year had passed since Bahrain became the stage for pro-democracy protests by the majority Shiites against the Sunni monarchy commanded by king Hamad bin-Isa Khalifa. The protesters had been... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Huffington Post (USA)

35870

Dominican Republic

27 February 2012

Listin Diario (Dominican Republic)

[Translated summary: In the last seven years in Dominican Republic, 10,955 people were killed with bullets. Firearms are used in 66% of homicides.] SANTO DOMINGO - En enero de 2011, desconocidos asesinaron al teniente coronel Virgilio Casilla Minaya, en momentos en que departía junto a su esposa en un colmado del barrio La Fe, de Los Alcarrizos. Cuatro meses después, fue encontrado muerto un mecánico en la autovía del Este, en San Pedro de Macorís. Al finalizar... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Listin Diario (Dominican Republic)

35863

Italy,Philippines,United States,Russia,Germany,Czech Republic,China,Botswana,Oceania,Americas,Africa,Asia,Europe,Central Africa,Caribbean,South America,Central America,Zimbabwe,Namibia,Mozambique,Congo (DRC),Angola,Swaziland,South Africa,Southern Africa

19 February 2012

Southern Times (Southern Africa)

WINDHOEK - Young men in Southern Africa are at the greatest risk of cold-blooded murder, while women in the region are more likely than others from around the world to be killed in domestic violence, a UN agency says. The statistics from the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) come as the region battles to contain the proliferation of gun-related crimes. Experts have said gun-related crime is a major problem in South Africa and Swaziland, and is on the rise in... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Southern Times (Southern Africa)

35844

Haiti

15 February 2012

Mondialisation (Canada)

[Translated summary: The large majority of the Haitian population is composed of poor, unable to exercise their constitutional right to armed self-defence by regularly importing or purchasing weapons. However, this segment of the population was the first one to suffer the consequences of the increasing criminality and tried to protect itself. Thus was born a local and artisanal production of firearms called "Creole" that, in addition to imported firearms, has fueled the... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Mondialisation (Canada)

35834

Dominican Republic

15 February 2012

Listin Diario (Dominican Republic)

[Translated summary: The acquisition of firearms in Dominican Republic has increased significantly in recent months, the number rose to 333,436 licences to possess and carry firearms with 181,381 new gun licences in the past 8 months. These numbers attest the interest for Dominicans to equip themselves for self-defence.] CON ESAS LICENCIAS 333,436 PERSONAS POSEEN DISTINTAS ARMAS DE FUEGO SANTO DOMINGO - La adquisición de armas de fuego en el país ha registrado un... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Listin Diario (Dominican Republic)

35831

Barbados

13 February 2012

Real Jamaican Radio

Shooting clubs and gun dealers in Barbados are at the centre of police investigations following the discovery of a number of unregistered high powered weapons. Among the weapons were a number of M4 assault rifles used for single and automatic fire, President Barbados Rifle Association (BRA), Michael Holder, club secretary Debbie Holder and committee member Richard Arthur, were charged with illegal possession of firearms and or ammunition. Another club member was being... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Real Jamaican Radio

35830

Haiti,Caribbean,United States,Jamaica

7 February 2012

Chicago Tribune / AP

KINGSTON, Jamaica — Roughly 2,000 firearms were melted down in a blazing furnace Tuesday as part of an effort designed to combat gun trafficking and corruption in Jamaica while reducing violent crime. Police, government and U.N. officials destroyed pistols and revolvers by pitching them into a kiln glowing bright orange at a cement factory in the capital of Kingston. Most of the guns were decommissioned or seized in police operations over the years. National... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Chicago Tribune / AP

35806

Barbados

4 February 2012

Stabroek News (Guyana)

A gun dealer charged with not only failing to register his transactions but with possession of 21 guns – some of them high-powered weapons – without the proper licences was remanded after a late afternoon court appearance yesterday. Michael Holder, 43, of Christ Church, had 25 charges, including 21 charges of possession of illegal firearms, read to him by Magistrate Graveney Bannister. Holder appeared in the District "A" Magistrates' Court. The president of the... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Stabroek News (Guyana)

35801

Jamaica,United States,Caribbean

4 February 2012

South Florida Caribbean News

WASHINGTON, DC - Jamaica's Ambassador to the United States Her Excellency Audrey Marks has called on the United States government to work with the Caribbean to fulfil the 2007 pledge made by the USA and CARICOM Member States to enhance co-operation in eradicating the illegal gun trade in the Region. Ambassador Marks told a hearing on US-Caribbean Security Cooperation that was held by the United States Senate Caucus on International Narcotics Control on Wednesday, that... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: South Florida Caribbean News

35800

Madagascar,Guinea,Ghana,Botswana,Angola,Algeria,South Africa,Europe,Asia,Americas,Africa,Russia,Austria,Israel,Germany,Italy,United States,Yemen,Philippines,Pakistan,Sri Lanka,Tunisia,Brazil,Burkina Faso,Egypt,Côte d'Ivoire,Malawi,Mauritania,Morocco,Namibia,Niger,Nigeria,Congo (ROC),Senegal,Tanzania,Uganda,Zambia,Zimbabwe,Argentina,Ecuador,Chile,Honduras,Guatemala,United Arab Emirates,Trinidad & Tobago,Jordan,Dominican Republic,Singapore,Kazakhstan,Liberia,Saudi Arabia,Bosnia & Herzegovina,Congo (DRC),Guyana,Mauritius,Latvia,Oman,Nepal,Somalia,Bolivia,Colombia,Venezuela,Peru,Mexico,Qatar,Kuwait,Indonesia,Malaysia,Thailand

27 January 2012

Publica (Brazil)

[Translated summary: With the support of the Ministries of Defence and Foreign Affairs, Brazilian gun manufacturers seek new markets in countries with a history of human rights violations: Tunisia, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Philippines and Yemen. Brazil is among the six countries in the world with annual exports exceeding $ 100 million, according to recent research from Small Arms Survey. According to the Army, responsible for supervising and controlling exports from 2005 to... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Publica (Brazil)

35794

Haiti,Dominican Republic

4 January 2012

Dominican Today

SANTO DOMINGO - Most of the weapons are smuggled into the country by air and sea and not across the border as widely believed, Interior and Police minister Jose Ramon Fadul affirmed Tuesday, who stated his concern and said Haiti cannot be blamed for everything. "Haiti is not the only one way guns enter, the number which enters that way is the minimum. Haiti cannot be blamed for everything." When asked why so many criminals are better armed than the authorities, the... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Dominican Today

35706

Cayman Islands,United States

12 December 2011

CayCompass.com (Cayman Islands)

United States federal law enforcement authorities are investigating a firearms smuggling operation between south Florida and Grand Cayman that's been ongoing since at least 2008, according to US District Court records obtained by the Caymanian Compass. The investigation, a branch of which led to the 2009 arrest, conviction and incarceration of four local men in US federal prison, caught up with a fifth suspect, Mikkyle Brandon Leslie – known in Cayman as Brandon... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: CayCompass.com (Cayman Islands)

35651

Caribbean,Cuba

10 December 2011

Trinidad and Tobago's Newsday

Cuban President Raul Castro has offered to assist Caricom to combat the illicit trade in small arms and narcotics. This was identified by St Kitts and Nevis Prime Minister Dr Denzil Douglas as one of several points of agreement contained in the Declaration of Port-of-Spain which was released following the conclusion of the Fourth Caricom-Cuba Summit at the National Academy for the Performing Arts (NAPA) in Port-of-Spain on Thursday night. Addressing a news conference... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Trinidad and Tobago's Newsday

35653

Jamaica,Honduras,Israel,Canada,Norway,Australia,Colombia,El Salvador,United States,Venezuela,Pakistan,Mexico

9 December 2011

Inter Press Service News Agency

CARACAS - Kairobis Arcia, 25, died from a bullet to her head shot by her husband, Oswaldo Mendoza, 32, who said he was blinded by jealousy in an argument fuelled by alcohol and drugs. Her murder was just one of the more than 468,000 homicides a year that occur worldwide, 42 percent of which are committed with firearms. According to the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), the global murder rate is 6.9 per 100,000 people – 11.9 per 100,000 among men and... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Inter Press Service News Agency

35654

Jamaica

9 December 2011

Jamaica Observer

The Government has mandated that all licensed firearms be provided with traceable security marks as it modernises the country's anti-gang legislation as part of the fight against crime. Following a decision taken by the Cabinet, all holders of licensed firearms will have to present them to the licensing authority to be marked when being licensed by special machines to be acquired under an agreement with the Organisation of American States. "This is important for us to... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Jamaica Observer

35648

Venezuela,Peru,Ecuador,Chile,Bolivia,Paraguay,Brazil,Argentina,Mexico,Colombia,Uruguay,United States,North America,South America,Central America,Caribbean

28 November 2011

United Press International

MONTEVIDEO, Uruguay - Latin America's increasingly ambitious Mercosur regional bloc is aiming to focus on small arms suppliers who are seen as being behind the region's endemic and seemingly insurmountable problem of violent crime. The area's disparate armed groups, guerrillas with political agenda and drug-related gangs have drawn attention from Mercosur's watchdog committees as senior officials explore ways of containing organized crime, rooting out myriad networks... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: United Press International

35594

South America,Central America,Caribbean,Guatemala

28 November 2011

EFE News Agency

[Translated Summary: A cooperation agreement with the Organization of American States (OAS) commits Guatemala to mark firearms in order to help prevent illegal gun trafficking in Latin America and the Caribbean. In the first year of the agreement, the General Directorate for Firearms and Munitions Control (DIGECAM) is required to register about 1,500 guns a month.] Guatemala - Guatemala publicó hoy un acuerdo de cooperación con la Organización de Estados Americanos... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: EFE News Agency

35593

Guatemala,United States,Mexico,Costa Rica,South America,Caribbean,Central America

24 November 2011

AFP

SAN JOSE — Illegal weapons trafficking has turned Latin America into a region of bloodletting in which over 40 percent of the world's homicides take place, experts warned Wednesday. "Forty-two percent of homicides with a firearm that happen worldwide take place in Latin America, though only 10 percent of the world's population lives here," said Nobel laureate and former president Oscar Arias, citing UN data, at a conference of experts. Although weapons such as... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: AFP

35583

Trinidad & Tobago

23 November 2011

Trinidad and Tobago Express

A criminal investigation has been launched into reports that guns and ammunition, earmarked for destruction, were sold by certain police officers to criminal elements in Tobago. The investigation, which is being undertaken by members of the Professional Standards Unit of the Police Service—headed by ACP Raymond Craig—has identified several police officers from the Tobago Division as being involved in the illegal activities. It was triggered just over a year ago... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Trinidad and Tobago Express

35571

Cayman Islands

18 November 2011

CayCompass.com (Cayman Islands)

Changes proposed for the Cayman Islands Firearms Law would allow for warrant-less searches of homes and individuals where police officers have "reasonable cause" to suspect someone possesses an illegal firearm. Such a provision currently exists in instances where police suspect illegal drugs are being kept in a home, car or are being held by the individual. However, lawmakers have resisted in past years attempts to provide police with the same powers in regard to... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: CayCompass.com (Cayman Islands)

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