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Gun Amnesty

30-day Period to Turn In Weapons

Nassau Guardian (Bahamas)

4 October 2011

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Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham announced an amnesty period for illegal weapons to be turned in, tougher penalties for people found guilty of gun crimes and the addition of two gun courts.

Ingraham advised that for a period of 30 days following the introduction of amendments to the Firearms Act tomorrow, all citizens and other persons are requested to turn in to police any and all unlicensed firearms in their possession.

He said that after November 4, anyone convicted of unlawful possession of a firearm or ammunition will, upon conviction, be imprisoned for a minimum of four years.

"I highlight the fact that the power of magistrates to impose sentences is being increased from five to seven years and that conviction on drug and gun related offenses may attract the maximum sentence of seven years," Ingraham said…

In addition to amendments to the Firearms Act and the Dangerous Drugs Act, Ingraham announced that there will be new legislation for the control and regulation of pawnbrokers and second hand dealers…

The prime minister's national address came amid grave national concerns about the high level of violent crime in the country. One hundred and four murders have been recorded in The Bahamas so far this year, compared to the 94 that were recorded for all of 2010…

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