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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)

Read More: Le Monde (France)

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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)

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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)

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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

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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

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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)

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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)

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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

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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)

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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)

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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)

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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)

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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

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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)

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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)

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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)

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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)

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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)

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Dominican Republic

10 December 2013

The 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: The Global Dispatch (Florida)

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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

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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)

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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

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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)

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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)

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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

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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)

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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

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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)

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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)

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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

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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

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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)

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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

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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

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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

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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)

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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)

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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)

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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)

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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)

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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)

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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)

Read More: Caribarena Antigua

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


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