Citation(s) from the GunPolicy.org literature library
Wells, William, Charles M Katz and Jeonglim Kim. 2010 ‘Firearm Possession Among Arrestees in Trinidad and Tobago.’ Injury Prevention. London: BMJ Journals. 19 July
Civilians must obtain a firearm owner's licence in order to own and possess a firearm.
To apply for a licence, a citizen must be 25 years old and obtain a provisional licence that allows them to learn from an authorised firearm instructor for 2 months. At the end of the training period, the citizen can apply for a full licence and must establish that they have a need to own a firearm.
Each application is reviewed by the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service (TTPS) Firearm Section and the agency's Police Commissioner.
In June 2008, the Firearm Section estimated that there were [approximately] 10,550 firearm licence holders and [approximately] 18 active legal firearm dealers.
Obtaining reasonable estimates of the number of legally owned guns in Trinidad and Tobago is difficult because of a lack of quality, computerised data.