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St Kitts & Nevis,United States

eTrace System Leads to Arrests in St Kitts for Gun Crimes

27 January 2014

SKN Vibes, Media release

BASSETERRE, St Kitts - The Electronic Tracing System (eTrace), utilized by the Royal St. Christopher and Nevis Police Force since September 2012, has proven quite useful and has led to a number of arrests at home and abroad. A recent report indicated that eighteen illegal firearms seized by security forces in 2013, have been traced using the database accessed by law enforcement in more than 30 countries outside of the United States. The system helps to determine a... (

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St Kitts & Nevis

St Kitts Gets UN Help, Training to Destroy Almost 400 Seized Weapons

6 June 2013

ZIZ Radio (St Kitts)

BASSETERRE, St. Kitts - From 27 to 31 May 2013, the United Nations Regional Centre for Peace, Disarmament and Development in Latin America and the Caribbean (UNLIREC) supported the destruction of close to 400 seized and obsolete weapons and 0.67 tonnes of small arms ammunition and time-expired CS gas in Basseterre. All weapons and ammunition destroyed were documented in accordance with international standards and UNLIREC's standard operating procedures. UNLIREC also... (

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St Kitts & Nevis

St Kitts Youth Faces 30 Years Jail for Possessing Handguns

2 November 2012

St Kitts & Nevis Observer

A Cole Hill juvenile could be spending the next 30 years in prison if a Nevis Magistrate imposes the maximum penalty for gun possession. The 16-year-old appeared before the Her Honor Yasmine Clarke in his school uniform on Tuesday (Oct 30) to answer to three charges - two counts of possession of a firearms and one count of five possession of ammunition. The juvenile had no legal representation and his mother explained to the court that she could not afford lawyers'... (

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United States,St Kitts & Nevis

St Kitts and Nevis Police Get Help for Electronic Gun Tracing from US

24 September 2012

SKN Vibes (St Kitts & Nevis)

BASSETERRE - Authorities in St. Kitts and Nevis are using a new investigative tool to help tackle gun-related crimes. Twelve persons from the Royal St. Christopher and Nevis Police Force and Her Majesty's Customs spent September 18 to 20 learning about the electronic tracing of firearms, firearms identification, safety, and investigative techniques. Ollie Mier and Neil Troppman of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) - which is a law... (

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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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St Kitts & Nevis

St Kitts & Nevis Police Commissioner Denies Stalling Firearm Licences

30 September 2011

St Kitts & Nevis Observer

Police Commissioner CG Walwyn denies allegations that he is refusing to issue new firearm licenses. CoP Walwyn, who has been in office just one month, told The Observer the allegations were ridiculously false, since he would have nothing to gain by doing so. "I took up this position on September 1st and in the last couple of weeks there has been a lot of pomp and circumstance and as a result I have been extremely busy. I have absolutely nothing to gain by holding up... (

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St Kitts & Nevis,Caribbean,Central America,South America

Violence in Latin America and Caribbean "an Unrelenting Epidemic"

8 June 2011

Communications Unit of the Office of the Prime Minister of St Kitts & Nevis, Media release

BASSETERRE, St Kitts -- Violence in Latin America and the Caribbean is now an unrelenting epidemic, which is having a deadly impact on Socio-Economic development. "As our populations become more youthful, the issues which we must address to keep young people alive, and secure, take on greater urgency. The youth agenda, more critical in its urging, begs to underscore the importance of debating youth issues and integrating them into the development of national and... (

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St Kitts & Nevis

St. Kitts and Nevis Signs Firearms Marking and Tracing Agreement

17 April 2011

Office of The Prime Minister of St. Kitts & Nevis

BASSETERRE, St. Kitts – The Federation of St. Kitts and Nevis has another tool to deal with the trafficking of illegal guns into the twin-island Federation. The Federation's Permanent Representative to the Organisation of American States (OAS) in Washington D.C., Her Excellency Jacinth Henry-Martin on Friday signed a firearms marking agreement. Within the framework of the Committee of the Inter-American Convention against the Illicit Manufacturing of and Trafficking... (

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St Kitts & Nevis

Training, Genuine Reason Needed for Firearm Licence in St Kitts & Nevis

22 October 2010

St Kitts & Nevis Observer

A senior official in the St. Christopher and Nevis Police Force informed that there has been an increase in the number of applications made for persons to legally possess firearms. Speaking exclusively to The Observer, Assistant Commissioner of Police responsible for Operations Ian Queeley said that over the past few years there had been a marked hike in requests for gun user licenses. "There has definitely been an increase in the number of applications from both... (

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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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St Kitts & Nevis

'We Don't Make Guns - Where Do They Come From?' - Caribbean Lament

23 July 2008

Sun (St. Kitts & Nevis)

"We don't manufacture guns here in St. Kitts/Nevis so they have to be coming from some other place. "How they get here is another question," Assistant Commissioner responsible for crime Joseph Liburd told Sun St. Kitts/Nevis in response to questions posed to him on the presence of illegal fire-arms on the streets of the Federation. "It is more than likely that they get here illegally through some form, either through our open shores by means of smuggling or maybe... (

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St Kitts & Nevis

'Gun-toting Fiends' Make Mockery of Harsher Penalty in St Kitts & Nevis

5 July 2007

SKNVibes (Basseterre)

Following the disclosure that the offence of carrying an illegal firearm carried a penalty between five to ten years, a significantly stiffer penalty than the three years that was accepted as the standard, Kittitians and Nevisians uttered a sigh of relief as if to say "Whew! It wasn't what we were looking for but it better than what it was before. Many thought that the harsher penalty for the offence might have discouraged an dissuaded the gun toting fiends in the... (

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St Kitts & Nevis

At UN, Caribbean Asks for More Assistance to Curb Gun Running

28 June 2006

Sun (St. Kitts & Nevis)

UNITED NATIONS — The Caribbean Community (Caricom) has reiterated its call for increased international financial and technical support in combating escalating crime in the region. Barbados' United Nations Ambassador, Dr. Christopher Hackett, speaking on behalf of Caricom, told the opening session of a two-week United Nations Conference on Illicit Small Arms that the presence of small arms and light weapons in the region is being used by criminal networks involved in... (

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St Kitts & Nevis

Caribbean Federation Appeals for Help With UN Gun Trafficking Push

23 March 2006

Sun (St Kitts & Nevis)

St. Kitts/Nevis appealed yesterday to the United Nations Security Council for co-operation and assistance to support the efforts of the twin-island Federation and other nations, to "prevent, combat and eradicate the illicit trade in small arms and light weapons in all its aspects." The appeal was made by St. Kitts/Nevis' Ambassador Plenipotentiary and Permanent Representative to the United Nations Dr. Joseph Christmas, during the 5,390th Meeting of the Security... (

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