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Virgin Islands (US)

Virgin Islands Law Now Requires All Guns to Be Registered

1 August 2016

The Virgin Islands Consortium

Governor Kenneth Mapp has signed into law a measure requiring all guns coming into the territory be registered at ports of entry — including sea and land. The bill's sponsor, Senator Tregenza A. Roach, says it was forged based on complaints by Virgin Islands Police Department officials, who argued that weapons that are not registered eventually fall into the wrong hands and cannot be tracked. Mr. Roach, who said he has a "growing concern" for the escalation of gun... (GunPolicy.org)

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Dominica,United States,Virgin Islands (US)

Dominica Man Jailed for Smuggling Guns from US to Virgin Islands

15 May 2013

CBS News (USA) / Associated Press

HOUSTON — A man with ties to the Caribbean has been sentenced to 14 years in prison for sending guns bought in Texas to the U.S. Virgin Islands. A federal judge in Houston on Wednesday sentenced 22-year-old Tyrone Reid. Investigators say Reid is a citizen of Dominica who's been living in Houston. A jury in February convicted Reid of a conspiracy-related firearms count and two charges of making false statements to a firearms dealer. Prosecutors say Reid was... (GunPolicy.org)

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Virgin Islands (US)

Virgin Islands Police Purge, Destroy Guns Stored at Police Stations

8 November 2011

Virgin Islands Daily News

If you've had a firearm placed for safekeeping with the Virgin Islands Police Department for more than a year, it's time to check in. The Police Department issued a statement Monday saying that its Firearms Bureaus in both districts are reviewing the guns left with them for safekeeping by registered gun owners. Under V.I. Code, firearms left in the Police Department's care that have remained unclaimed by the owner for at least 12 months can be considered abandoned,... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States,Virgin Islands (US)

Caribbean Territory Mends Fences with US Federal Gun Control Agency

29 January 2011

Virgin Islands Daily News

ST. CROIX - Amid the dramatic court proceedings surrounding the murder trial of Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives Agent William Clark, a V.I. Police Department firearms examiner learned he was one of 12 people nationwide accepted into the ATF's National Firearm Examiner Academy, police said. Police Tool Mark Examiner Reynold De Souza was scheduled to begin training in a 17-week course that is offered once each year in Washington, D.C., on Monday,... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States,Virgin Islands (US),Caribbean

Gun Homicide Soars as Firearms, Drug Crime Swamp Caribbean Nations

12 January 2010

St. Thomas Source

With an all-time record of 56 homicides in the territory last year, the U.S. Virgin Islands was not spared by the Caribbean-wide surge in violent crime in 2009 that experts say was fueled by drug trafficking, the proliferation of gangs and an influx of guns. An average homicide rate of more than 30 per 100,000 residents already made the Caribbean and Latin America the most violent region in the world, according to the World Bank and the United Nations. For a... (GunPolicy.org)

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Virgin Islands (US),United States

Tennessee Guardsman Gets 2½ Years for Gun Running to Virgin Islands

14 August 2009

Virgin Islands Daily News

ST. THOMAS — A 22-year-old National Guardsman has been sentenced to a 2½-year prison term on a gun conviction. On Wednesday, U.S. District Court Judge Curtis Gomez sentenced Shawn Tyson, a member of the Tennessee National Guard, to five years with 2½ years suspended. Tyson will spend the remaining 2½ years on supervised release, Gomez said. In October 2008, Tyson and his co-defendant, Kelroy Morrell, were indicted on 27 counts — one count of conspiracy to... (GunPolicy.org)

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