Bahamas clamping down on illegal guns

Pollice Commissioner Ellison Greenslade.

NASSAU — Over the past 11 months, police have confiscated 445 guns in The Bahamas, according to statistics released by the Royal Bahamas Police Force.

Additionally, 6,232 rounds of ammunition have also been confiscated.

Among the firearms that have been seized, there were revolvers, shotguns, pistols, rifles, prohibited firearms and imitation firearms, according to the statistics.

One hundred and ninety-one pistols and 134 shot guns were confiscated.

Pollice Commissioner Ellison Greenslade said ground intelligence led to the discovery of 283 or 63 per cent of the guns seized.

Greenslade said the police force is working to improve public participation in that regard.

“If our communities are fully accepting that they should be a part of what we do to help to keep the communities safe, well ring us up and say ‘I’m going to tell you where a gun is’,” he said.

“The information comes in to us and the majority of the weapons that we recovered have been recovered as a result of community support.”

Up to the same time last year, police had seized about 500 weapons.

Police had also recovered more than 11,000 rounds of ammunition.

Last year, the government had a gun amnesty period. During the month-long amnesty 75 guns were turned in.

The amnesty period came as the government introduced mandatory minimum sentences for firearm offenses.

Now anyone convicted of unlawful possession of a firearm or ammunition is imprisoned for a minimum of four years. (Nassau Guardian)

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