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United States,Jamaica

US Halts Gun Exports to Jamaica as Irregularities Emerge

10 November 2016

Jamaica Observer

KINGSTON — The United States Embassy says that in light of recent events concerning Jamaica's Firearms Licensing Authority (FLA) they will be reviewing the firearm export licensing approval process. In a release this afternoon, the embassy said that during this review, there will be a temporary pause on firearm exports as they request further guidance from Washington on the long-term status of export licenses for firearms from the US destined for Jamaica. Earlier... (GunPolicy.org)

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Haiti,Jamaica

Haiti Police Seize Nearly 100 New Guns Destined for Jamaica

6 October 2016

Jamaica Gleaner

An arsenal of close to 100 brand-new high-powered firearms and hundreds of assorted ammunition were confiscated by the police in Haiti just over a week ago, and Jamaican law-enforcement authorities have indicated that several of them were destined for Jamaica's criminal underworld. In a photograph obtained exclusively by The Gleaner, Haitian police and military personnel were seen inspecting several of the weapons, which included automatic rifles and... (GunPolicy.org)

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Jamaica

Jamaica's 'Get the Guns' Campaign Seizes 336 Firearms

12 July 2016

Jamaica Observer

KINGSTON – The 'Get the Guns' campaign continues to reap results in the number of illegal guns seized by the security forces since the start of the year. Communication Officer, Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF), Superintendent Stephanie Lindsay, reports that law-enforcement officers have seized 336 illegal guns from communities all across Jamaica. Speaking at a press conference at the Office of the Commissioner in St Andrew on July 11, Superintendent Lindsay said the... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States,Jamaica

Almost 60% of Jamaica's Confiscated Firearms Come from USA

6 June 2016

Jamaica Gleaner

A steady stream of guns continues to flow from the United States into Jamaica despite a raft of measures implemented by local law-enforcement authorities. In the last two years, the US Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) has traced the history of 991 guns seized in Jamaica over the period and found that 567, or nearly 60 per cent, were "sourced in the US". The term "sourced in the US" refers to guns manufactured in or legally imported into the... (GunPolicy.org)

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Jamaica

Jamaica's 'Get the Guns Campaign' Seizes 234 Firearms

13 May 2016

Jamaica Observer

KINGSTON, Jamaica – The Police High Command is commending the St Catherine North Police for the seizure of several high-powered firearms in McCooks Pen, St Catherine on today. Nine people were taken into custody in relation to the seizure. Reports are that following several months of intense investigations and intelligence gathering the police launched a special operation in an area called 'Gun Farm' in McCooks Pen, where the cache of weapons was seized. The weapons... (GunPolicy.org)

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Jamaica

Jamaica Campaign Paid $700,000 in Tipoffs to Destroy Guns

21 April 2016

Jamaica Observer

Three hundred and fifty-one guns have been seized under the Get the Guns campaign, which was launched in September of last year and more than $700,000 paid out to persons who have given information that has led to the recovery of these firearms, Police Commissioner Dr Carl Williams said Tuesday. He was speaking with Jamaica Observer reporters and editors at the newspaper's head office on Beechwood Avenue in Kingston. Dr Williams explained that it was important to... (GunPolicy.org)

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Jamaica

Jamaica: "Get the Guns Campaign" Launch

20 September 2015

Jamaica Constabulary Force, Web page

"Get the Guns;" that is the message from Commissioner of Police Dr. Carl Williams as the 'Get the Guns Campaign' was officially launched at the Office of the Commissioner of Police on Thursday, September 17. The campaign, which was first announced in July of this year, is geared towards significantly reducing the number of illegal guns and ammunition in the hands of criminals in Jamaica. "Our intention is to seize illegal guns well above our current average of 600... (GunPolicy.org)

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St Vincent & Grenadines,Jamaica

St Vincent, Jamaica Ratify Arms Treaty

4 June 2014

Jamaica Observer

UNITED NATIONS — St Vincent and the Grenadines and Jamaica have ratified the new Arms Trade Treaty as the Caribbean seeks to play an historic role in helping end the irresponsible, lethal global US$85 billion trade in small arms and light weapons and ammunition. The delegations from the two Caribbean Community (CARICOM) countries Tuesday attended a special ratification ceremony at the United Nations' Headquarters to mark the event. "It is really positive that two... (GunPolicy.org)

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Jamaica

Children in Jamaica Injured, Killed by Guns in Rising Numbers

2 June 2014

Trinidad and Tobago Express

KINGSTON - The Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) says 60 children were murdered here during the period January 2013 to May this year. The JCF said, in addition, 99 children were shot and injured by criminals during the same period. According to the statistics released by the JCF, over the last two months, seven children between the ages seven and 17 years were murdered while one was shot and injured. As a result, the police are calling on all citizens to redouble... (GunPolicy.org)

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Jamaica

$30m of Firearms Seized, Over 450 Shootings in Jamaica in 2014

31 May 2014

Jamaica Gleaner

AN ESTIMATED $30 million worth of guns and ammunition have been taken off the streets of Jamaica since the start of the year. Police data from January 1 to May 24, this year, has shown that 250 firearms and 3,417 rounds of ammunition have been recovered. And on Thursday of this week, the cops confirmed that another nine guns and more than 1,000 rounds were seized in St Catherine. A breakdown of the guns confiscated, as indicated by the police statistics, showed that... (GunPolicy.org)

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Jamaica

Jamaican Police Seize 13 Firearms, Over 2000 Rounds in Two Days

29 May 2014

Jamaica Observer

ST CATHERINE, Jamaica - Police operating in Kingston West and St Catherine divisions say that in less than 24 hours, they removed 13 firearms and more than 2,000 rounds of ammunition from the possession of criminals The lawmen also apprehended a man they believe is the leader of Kingston's notorious Scare Dem Crew Gang. The police said they were able to accomplish this in separate incidents between Wednesday, May 28 and Thursday, May 29. Reports are that about 1:30... (GunPolicy.org)

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Jamaica

Firearm Dealers' Fee Have Risen 100% in Jamaica

22 May 2014

Jamaica Gleaner

There is to be a 100 per cent increase in the cost for a firearm dealer's licence as Finance Minister Dr Peter Phillips has signed a ministerial order approving greater charges for firearm licences, certificates and payments. But retired assistant commissioner Errol Strong, who chaired the board of the Firearm Licensing Authority until 2010, said the increase "will not break the back of the dealers". The ministerial order, dated May 2, which was laid in the House of... (GunPolicy.org)

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Jamaica

Shootings Drop More than 30 Percent in Jamaica, Police Say

15 January 2014

DNAInfo (New York)

QUEENS — The number of shootings in Jamaica fell by nearly 32 percent last year, a decrease that police officials attributed to aggressive efforts to confiscate illegal firearms. Last year, there were 30 shooting incidents in the 103rd Precinct, which covers Jamaica and Hollis. In 2012, there were 44 shooting incidents in the area, nearly 32 percent more. "How do we keep people from getting shot? We confiscate illegal guns, whether it be through search warrants,... (GunPolicy.org)

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Jamaica

Jamaica Police Upgrade Firearm Ballistic and Tracing Technology

3 December 2013

Jamaica Observer

Commissioner Owen Ellington appears pleased that the police force's forensic capabilities have been upgraded with new equipment and technology, as well as training for staff. Now, he is anxious to have the expertise gained by the constabulary tested in the courts. "There are some very important cases to come to court soon, and I think there's one in court now which, if we get an opportunity, we can put on display some of the new investigative techniques that we've... (GunPolicy.org)

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Jamaica

Jamaican Police Operation Nets Record Number of Illegal Guns

2 November 2013

Go Jamaica

The police are reporting that since the launch of Operation Resilience, a total of 295 operations have been carried out, resulting in a record seizure of 77 illegal firearms for the month of October and the arrest of 174 individuals. This figure represents the highest number of recorded firearm seizures ever in any given month since June 2010 and has further increased illegal gun seizures to 601 for the period January to October 2013. This reflects a 20 per cent... (GunPolicy.org)

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Jamaica,Cayman Islands

Cayman Islands Fighting Rise of Gangs and Guns

7 October 2013

CayCompass.com (Cayman Islands)

The Cayman Islands can fight a rising tide of violent crime with a combination of the "big stick and the olive branch," according to the man behind one of Jamaica's more successful crime-fighting schemes. William Shagoury, the keynote speaker at a Crime Prevention Seminar in Grand Cayman last week, said the Cayman Islands needed to deal swiftly and strongly with its gang and gun problems before it escalated any further. A coordinated community effort involving youth... (GunPolicy.org)

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Jamaica

Guns Seized During Police Raid in Jamaica

7 October 2013

Jamaica Gleaner

Four illegal guns are off the streets of Montego Bay, St James, and two men are in custody, following a raid in the Green Pond district by the Mount Salem Police yesterday morning. The raid, which was carried out in Burch Hill, Green Pond, resulted in a Glock 9mm pistol, a Beretta 9mm pistol, an Intra-Tek 9mm pistol and a Bushmaster 5.56mm rifle as well as approximately 84 assorted rounds of ammunition being seized from an occupied house in the area, and the subsequent... (GunPolicy.org)

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Jamaica

Jamaica Govt Criticised as Homicide Rate Rises, Illegal Guns Blamed

2 October 2013

Caribbean 360

KINGSTON, Jamaica – The main opposition Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) has criticised the Portia Simpson Miller administration over its handling of the crime situation in Jamaica as the island recorded yet another increase in murders. Opposition spokesman on National Security, Delroy Chuck, wants the government to take decisive action to deal with the situation. "There's no doubt that the past three months have shown that we do not have crime and murders under control... (GunPolicy.org)

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Jamaica

Push to Rid Jamaica Police Stations of Illegal Guns Stalls

18 August 2013

Gleaner (Jamaica)

The national security minister's push to eliminate the potentially dangerous practice of stockpiling seized guns at police stations has jammed. The Sunday Gleaner has learnt that an islandwide audit, which is the first phase of moving the guns out of the stations, has stalled, leaving dozens of weapons close to the hands of cops, who have long been accused of planting illegal weapons to make cases against suspects. In 2012, National Security Minister Peter Bunting... (GunPolicy.org)

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Jamaica

Jamaica Police Hunt for Crime Guns Stolen from Licensed Owners

30 July 2013

Jamaica Gleaner

A military-police team was spurred into action in beleaguered communities in Annotto Bay, St Mary, after two licensed weapons reportedly owned by Robert Montague, who is chairman of the Jamaica Labour Party, were among four weapons being stored in a chest that fell into the wrong hands last week. The four weapons - three shotguns and one revolver - were being stored in a chest that was stolen from a house that was burgled in the area, only days after Annotto Bay was... (GunPolicy.org)

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