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$2m in Arms Imported by Islanders
Turks & Caicos Weekly News
17 July 2009
Almost $2m worth of guns and ammunition has been imported by Islanders in the last three years… [there are an] alarming number of licensed firearms…
Figures — contained in the Government's external merchandise trade statistics 2008 — show that $649,467 worth of arms was brought into the country in 2006.
That rose sharply to $859,206 in 2007 with a further $419,313 recorded for last year.
With the average cost of a handgun ranging from $200 to $500, the number imported since January 2006 could be anywhere between 4,000 and 10,000.
That equates to as many as one gun for every three residents….
Stiffer penalties for people found in illegal possession of guns were imposed around the same time. Offenders risk up to two years in prison or a $40,000 fine…
Applicants must show they have an appropriate place to store a firearm and demonstrate that they can safely handle it.
"They can't get one if they have a criminal background of any kind…" [said Commissioner of Police Edward Hall]…