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Virgin Islands (UK)

11 Guns Handed Over During Amnesty in British Virgin Islands

10 August 2015

BVI News (British Virgin Islands)

The Royal Virgin Islands Police Force Firearm and Prohibited Weapons Amnesty yielded an impressive 11 firearms, two with accompanying ammunition. Chief Firearms Officer Acting Chief Inspector Ernest Gumbs stated that the unit collected a 30-30 rifle; a .357 Magnum handgun along with 27 rounds of ammunition; a M-1911 .45 semi-auto pistol; a .38 snub noise revolver with 50 fifty rounds of ammunition; five air rifles and two air pistols. Commissioner of Police David... (GunPolicy.org)

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Virgin Islands (UK)

Amnesty Announced for Guns in British Virgin Islands

7 January 2015

BVI News

With the amended Firearms and Air Gun Act (2015) now in effect, the Royal Virgin Islands Police Force (RVIPF) said it has launched a firearm and prohibited weapons amnesty that will run throughout the month of July. The RVIPF hopes persons will use the opportunity, in light of the increased prison terms likely, to turn over all illegal or prohibited weapons in their possession to police. Commissioner of Police David Morris noted that persons found in possession of an... (GunPolicy.org)

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Turks & Caicos,Bahamas,Virgin Islands (UK)

Firearms Involved in Most Robberies, Murders in British Virgin Islands

23 March 2011

BVI Beacon (British Virgin Islands), Editorial

The recent spate of shootings and armed robberies underscores the need for the Virgin Islands to take serious measures to combat gun crime. Within the past two weeks, one person has been shot to death and a handful of others have been shot or robbed at gunpoint. Such violence must be stopped. In recent years, guns have become a major problem here. From 2006-2010, firearms were used in 105 of 145 robberies and 14 of 20 murders, according to police... (GunPolicy.org)

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Virgin Islands (UK)

Virgin Island Man Kept AK-47 'For Protection' Against Disturbed Brother

10 February 2011

BVI Beacon (British Virgin Islands)

A government employee who walked down Sugar Mill Road on Saturday wielding an AK-47 assault rifle was sentenced this week to spend 16 months in prison and pay a $500 fine. Kelvin Smith, a 41-year-old messenger with the Passport Office, pleaded guilty in Magistrates' Court on Monday to charges of unlawful possession of explosives and carrying a prohibited weapon, a count that carries a maximum 10-year prison term. Mr. Smith will serve an additional six months in prison... (GunPolicy.org)

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Virgin Islands (UK)

British Virgin Island Lawmakers Propose Tightening Gun Laws

20 February 2006

Virgin Islands Daily News

TORTOLA — British Virgin Islands lawmakers will consider legislation Tuesday aimed at revamping the territory's weapons laws. The bill sets out new requirements for people applying for a gun license and makes it more difficult for people with criminal histories to obtain a license. The bill also calls for the establishment of a firearms advisory committee that would determine whether applicants are qualified to keep and carry a... (GunPolicy.org)

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