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Barbados AG Worried About Recent Spate of Gun Murders

18 June 2014

Caribbean 360

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados - Six murders involving the use of firearms this year have Attorney General, Adriel Brathwaite, vowing to crackdown on people trying to smuggle guns into the country. On Monday, Brathwaite said as of the end of May, there were six murders committed with the use of guns, compared to two for the same period last year. "If firearms are coming into the country illegally, it is not just a police matter. It is a Customs matter, it is a Coast Guard... (

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Drugs for Guns Trade Seen in 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... (

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Barbados Officials Tracking Suspicious Gun Imports

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... (

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Jamaica,Barbados,Caribbean,Trinidad & Tobago

Barbados Authorities Trace, Destroy Guns in Fight Against Crime

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... (

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Caribbean,Barbados,Canada,Trinidad & Tobago,Jamaica

Barbados Authorities Tracing, Destroying Guns to Reduce Crime

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... (

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Barbados Officials Warn Criminals are Stealing IDs to Illegally Import Guns

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... (

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Puerto Rico,Mexico,Honduras,Barbados,United States,Colombia

US Man Breaks Silence on Pre-Fast and Furious Operation, 'Castaway'

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... (

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Gun Club Officials Charged Over Illegal Machine Guns in Barbados

13 February 2012

Real Jamaican Radio

Shooting clubs and gun dealers in Barbados are at the centre of police investigations following the discovery of a number of unregistered high powered weapons. Among the weapons were a number of M4 assault rifles used for single and automatic fire, President Barbados Rifle Association (BRA), Michael Holder, club secretary Debbie Holder and committee member Richard Arthur, were charged with illegal possession of firearms and or ammunition. Another club member was being... (

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Barbados Gun Dealer, Gun Lobby Leader Faces Illegal Firearm Charges

4 February 2012

Stabroek News (Guyana)

A gun dealer charged with not only failing to register his transactions but with possession of 21 guns – some of them high-powered weapons – without the proper licences was remanded after a late afternoon court appearance yesterday. Michael Holder, 43, of Christ Church, had 25 charges, including 21 charges of possession of illegal firearms, read to him by Magistrate Graveney Bannister. Holder appeared in the District "A" Magistrates' Court. The president of the... (

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Caribbean,Bahamas,Jamaica,St Kitts & Nevis,Trinidad & Tobago,Antigua & Barbuda,Barbados,St Lucia,North America,Europe

Caribbean Nations Demand Global Gun Trade Treaty to Curb Armed Crime

11 October 2011

Caribbean 360 (Barbados)

NEW YORK, United States - Battling the scourge of rising crime and violence and some of the world's highest murders rates, Caribbean nations are appealing to the United Nation for help. They are urging the world body to help them stem the unrelenting flow of guns and ammunition to the region. From the Bahamas, Jamaica and St. Kitts-Nevis, countries with some of the world's highest homicide rates, Trinidad and Tobago, which already has a state of emergency in place... (

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Trinidad & Tobago,United States,Barbados

Electronic Tracing Begins on 102 Seized Guns in Trinidad & Tobago

22 September 2011

Guardian (Trinidad and Tobago)

Electronic tracing has begun on the 102 firearms which were recovered since the state of emergency was implemented on August 21. The electronic tracing system, also known as eTrace, is being conducted by police officers of the Crime and Problem Analysis Branch (CAPA). CAPA previously was known as the Modus Operandi Unit of the Police Service. The eTrace system is a web-based firearm trace request submission system that provides for the electronic exchange of crime gun... (

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Barbados Opposition Leader Calls for Policy on Guns in Parliament House

29 March 2010

Caribbean Daily News (British Virgin Islands)

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados – Opposition Leader Mia Mottley wants a clearly defined policy regarding the presence of guns in the Barbados parliament. Mottley told reporters that she wanted the David Thompson government to take that action before Parliament is reconvened in the middle of April. "If they are not to be banned because there is no reason to have a firearm in Parliament, then whatever systems are necessary for firearms to be held and secured must be put in... (

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Investigation Seeks Handguns Missing from Barbados Police Station

23 October 2009

Daily Nation (Barbados)

Commissioner of Police Darwin Dottin has ordered a full-scale internal investigation into the theft of two police Glock guns. His comments followed the arrest and charging on Wednesday of Police Constable Ron Connell in connection with the theft of one of the guns from the Holetown Police Station. Connell, 29, of Golden Mile, St Peter, appeared at the Holetown Magistrates' Court yesterday to answer the charge. "I've ordered an internal inquiry into our procedures to... (

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Barbados,Caribbean,Canada,United States

Barbados Hosts Caribbean Meeting on UN Firearms Protocol

11 June 2009

Caribbean Net News

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados — Gun related crimes connected to the trafficking of illegal drugs and firearms are on the increase. This was revealed by Permanent Secretary in the Office of the Attorney General, Antoinette Williams, during the recent launch of a regional workshop on the implementation of the United Nations Protocol against the illicit manufacturing of and trafficking in firearms, their parts, components, ammunition and other related instruments, at the... (

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Caribbean,United States,Anguilla,Antigua & Barbuda,Aruba,Barbados,Dominica,Grenada,St Vincent & Grenadines

Top Caribbean Cop Pins Rise in Violent Crime on Gun Trafficking

7 April 2009

South Florida Caribbean News

BASSETERRE, St. Kitts — One of the region's top law enforcement officers said there is a direct link between the rise in violent crime in the Caribbean and gun trafficking. Chairman of the Association of Caribbean Commissioners of Police, Mr. Darwin Dottin said a study has shown that there could be as many as 1.6 million illegal guns in the region. Speaking at the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with a United States law enforcement agency which will... (

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Caribbean,United States,Anguilla,Antigua & Barbuda,Aruba,Barbados,Dominica,Grenada,St Kitts & Nevis,St Vincent & Grenadines

US, Nine Caribbean Nations Sign Agreement to Help Trace Illegal Guns

1 April 2009

Caribbean Net News

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados — Nine Caribbean islands on Tuesday signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with a United States law enforcement agency which will greatly enhance their ability to track and fight firearms trafficking and illegal possession in the region. In a morning ceremony at the home of United States Charge d'Affaires to Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean Brent Hardt, police Commissioners and senior officers from Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Aruba,... (

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Barbados Police Plan to Rewrite Firearm Law, Target Youth Gun Crime

5 January 2009

Daily Nation (Barbados)

Gun-toting criminals are steering down the barrel of new anti-firearms action by police. Commissioner of Police Darwin Dottin said at an end-of-year Press conference recently at the Prince Cave Hall at the District "A" Police Station, police firearms policy would be re-written. "We will be rolling out a programme to give Barbadians an opportunity to be involved in this matter of trying to curb the use of firearms in our nation. The firearms policy will be rewritten... (

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Barbados Police Propose Firearm Amnesty to Tackle Upsurge in Gun Crime

29 January 2008

Daily Nation (Barbados)

People holding guns illegally may soon have a chance to hand them over to the police without fear of prosecution. It is one of the options the police are considering as they tackle an upsurge in gun crimes. Commissioner of Police Darwin Dottin disclosed this yesterday during a break in touring, with new Attorney-General Freundel Stuart, the temporary and new police facilities under construction in Crab Hill, St Lucy. "I thought about it," he said of the gun... (

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Barbados Police Anti-Gun Unit Back on Patrol 'In Full Force'

20 September 2006

Daily Nation (Barbados)

The Royal Barbados Police Force's special Anti-Gun Unit is back on the streets in full force. That's the word from crime chief, Assistant Commissioner of Police Seymour Cumberbatch, in light of a recent upsurge in gun-related crimes. There were four separate shooting incidents over the past weekend, resulting in at least five people being injured. "The Anti-Gun Unit will be reactivated and refocused," Cumberbatch told the MIDWEEK NATION yesterday, noting that it... (

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Ministers Talk Security

15 October 2004

Daily Nation (Barbados)

When Caricom foreign ministers met recently in New York under the chairmanship of Barbados' Dame Billie Miller to consider some of the key issues before the United Nations, a matter bubbled at or near the top. It was peace, security and stability in the Caribbean. No, it wasn't about weapons of mass destruction. Nor did it concern the kind of terrorism which was tragically inflicted on the United States on 9/11. Instead, it was about how the region could survive in a... (

Read More: Daily Nation (Barbados)