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Karp, Aaron. 2012 ‘Country Analyses: Jamaica.’ Measurement and Use of Statistical Data to Analyze Small Arms in the Caribbean and Latin America; Section IV, p. 24. Mexico City: United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) and the Center of Excellence, National Institute of Statistics and Geography (INEGI). 28 April

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Although gun policy has long been a major public issue in Jamaica, comprehensive numbers on total gun ownership still must be estimated. Registration procedures were tightened to require licensed owners to re-register their firearms in person and discouraging owners from licensing more than one gun. This reform may have contributed to a decline in the number of weapons being registered. As recently as 2006, there were some 65,000 licensed guns in Jamaica. While this figure remains in use, more recent research gives a registration total of 32,600 firearms, apparently dropping as licensing procedures discouraged renewals.(72) The total estimate here is a multiple of the older registration figure.


72) 65,000 from "Gun License Rush: Confusion Over New Renewal Process," Jamaica Observer, 4 April 2006. The same number was used in T. K. Whyte, "Legal gun supplies dry up". The Jamaica Observer, 24 November 2002. It also appears for the year 2006 in Report on Citizen Security in the Americas 2011, Washington, DC: Organization of American States, January 2011.p. 22. "According to the FLA, there are approximately 32,600 legal guns in the country and about 25,100 licensed firearm holders." Glaister Leslie, Confronting the Don: The Political Economy of. Gang Violence in Jamaica. Geneva: Small Arms Survey, September 2010. p. 37.

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