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Leslie, Glaister. 2010 ‘Illegal Ammunition.’ Confronting the Don: The Political Economy of Gang Violence in Jamaica; Occasional Paper No. 26, p. 45. Geneva: Small Arms Survey, the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva. 3 November

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Illegal Ammunition

Another potential source of illegal ammunition from the licit trade was the transfer of ammunition from licensed firearms holders to others.

Before the creation of the FLA [Firearm Licensing Authority], divisional police superintendents were able to approve an unlimited number of ammunition requests by firearms holders, with little justification.

Despite an official restriction of 50 rounds of ammunition annually to each licensee, the superintendent could easily approve applications for additional rounds, with very few enforced regulations.

This, investigations suggested, was being exploited and used as a cover by some civilians to pass on more rounds to persons who did not have that permit (Jamaica Gleaner, 2004b).

Since the FLA's [Firearm Licensing Authority's] establishment in 2006, which removed those powers of approval from the JCF [Jamaica Constabulary Force], the Agency has made this process more efficient.

Source cited
Jamaica Gleaner. 2004b. 'Underground Ammo Trade Booms'. 21 March.

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