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Leslie, Glaister. 2010 ‘Legal Weapon Imports and Exports.’ Confronting the Don: The Political Economy of Gang Violence in Jamaica; Occasional Paper No. 26, p. 40. Geneva: Small Arms Survey, the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva. 3 November

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Legal Weapon Imports and Exports

All shipping companies and agents must obtain prior permission from the MNS [Ministry of National Security] for the import, export, transit, and transhipment of all arms, ammunition, and dangerous cargo entering via the island's ports, in keeping with the OAS [Organization of American States] Model Regulations for the Control of the International Movement of Firearms, Their Parts and Components and Ammunition (GOJ [Government of Jamaica], 2008a).

Under the current regulations, the commissioner of police signs the requisite import and export permit application forms for arms and ammunition, which the minister of national security then counter-signs. This process allows individuals to obtain the relevant permit from the trade board to import weapons and ammunition (GOJ, 2005).

This process is applicable to all people wishing to import a weapon, regardless of whether they are private firearm holders, dealers, security firms, or public entities such as the JCF [Jamaica Constabulary Force] or the JDF [Jamaica Defence Force]. The Customs authorities will not release a weapon or ammunition without the requisite permit (GOJ, 2005). Moreover, customs authorities, along with the FLA [Firearm Licensing Authority], retain a listing of the serial numbers of all small arms and light weapons entering the country at the ports of entry (GOJ, 2008a).

Sources cited:

GOJ (Government of Jamaica). 2008a. Jamaica's Report: Implementation of the International Instrument to Enable States to Identify and Trace, in a Timely and Reliable Manner, Illicit Small Arms and Light Weapons. Kingston: Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade of Jamaica.

GOJ (Government of Jamaica). 2005. National Report by Jamaica on the Implementation of the UN Programme of Action to Prevent, Combat and Eradicate the Illicit Trade in Small Arms and Light Weapons in All Its Aspects.

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