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We need to stop gun flow, says AG

Acknowledging a noticeable increase of illegal firearms on the island, Attorney General and Minister of Home Affairs Adriel Brathwaite suggested today that strengthening areas of weakness in Barbados was key to stopping the inflow of these weapons.

Speaking to the media after the opening of a one-day seminar for the 2015 Graduation Class of St Philip’s Primary School, Brathwaite indicated that the guns issue, which was a matter of regional concern, should be addressed at next week’s CARICOM summit, taking place here from July 2-4 at the Hilton.

Home Affairs Minister Adriel Brathwaite

Attorney General and Home Affairs Minister, Adriel Brathwaite

“Whether it be through the port, whether it be at the airport, etc, . . . we really need everyone to step up to the plate. My concern is that there is a level of dishonesty that needs to be addressed,” Brathwaite said.

He went on: “The firearms cannot come in unless there is collusion at our borders. Yes, some will come through via boats etc., but they are being shipped in here. It means that either people are not doing what they are supposed to do, or that they have turned a blind eye when they should not.”

According to Brathwaite, the issue of illegal firearms was not just one for the Royal Barbados Police Force, which is reporting evidence of an increasing number of unauthorized firearms on the streets.

“Police are saying to me that is of concern to them, that there are actually newer and newer firearms entering the country. When they go to crime scenes, they are seeing new cartridges. So this means of course that these chaps out there are having access to more weapons and of course, more ammunition,” Brathwaite said.

Nevertheless, the minister gave an assurance that Barbados did not have a crime situation that was spiraling out of control. He compared statistics from the 1960’s to the present, pointing out that the average rate of reported crime stood at about 9 000 complaints per year.

18 Responses to We need to stop gun flow, says AG

  1. Signori Nera
    Signori Nera June 24, 2015 at 12:08 am

    Port n Airport???…he mean Police Station and Paragon

    • Wayne P Hoyte
      Wayne P Hoyte June 24, 2015 at 4:17 am

      they dont make guns so they have to be coming in at some entry point to the island

    • Signori Nera
      Signori Nera June 24, 2015 at 4:19 am

      Seriously? ??….smfh…

  2. Signori Nera
    Signori Nera June 24, 2015 at 12:09 am

    And judges too

  3. Heather Cole
    Heather Cole June 24, 2015 at 12:14 am

    How can we believe this man? He gave an assurance that crime is not sprawling out of control in Barbados. Yet he takes a deep breath and says that there is a need to STOPl the FLOW of guns. He is contradicting himself. The latter has contributed to the crime.He is awaiting an epidemic.

    • Wayne P Hoyte
      Wayne P Hoyte June 24, 2015 at 4:16 am

      there are different types of crimes ….. one type may be on the rise while the others are minimal .. however the overall average may be down compare to a previous period

  4. Veroniva Boyce
    Veroniva Boyce June 24, 2015 at 2:55 am

    ‘We need to stop gun flow’ He ain’t got to look far. Just get on with it.

  5. seagul June 24, 2015 at 5:18 am

    Throughout the cultural media the root cause of today’s violent terror culture is the gulf between spirituality and materialism – this over emphasis on secularism and making God a matter of convenience. If it’s convenient for us to believe or act as if we believe in God irrespective of what our creed happens to be, then we believe in God but if it’s inconvenient then we just marginalize God and we end up paying a price for that…deeper Soul.

  6. Tony Webster June 24, 2015 at 5:53 am

    I know that our “Relevant authorities” (and some quite irelevant) have a lot on their plate. But it amazes me that they are allowing the nasty guys, virtually free rein when it comes to the hard nuts that need cracking, like praedial larceny, drugs, and and guns. The bad guys are adopting all sorts of devices and tarctics, against which “standard procedures” are clearly ineffective.

    In Amurica, the law engorcement guys have for many years now, brought into play, “sting” operations, with great success. With small populations, where many faces and identities are easier recognised, this will not be as easy…but it is yet possible. Whenever I hear our Ag. and other ministers trying to cast “our” local gun-problem as being a “regional ” cancer, which needs a “regional solution” (and creating a convenient “fall guy” to blame when it is NOT solved)…I cannot shake the view that another tactic is hiding in plain view:
    For Pete’s sake: get your assembled Ag. and Crime Chiefs in the islands (and Miami, and further afield) to Mix-n’Match a crew of guys from each-other’s islands, to be a super-slick STING TEAM, where they can land at X or Y island (totally unknown) and cut their nasty deals…but wid with a hammer (and a slammer) waiting for them. Our Baje “sting-team members”, would then be available to help out with stings in sister CARICOM islands also….while thier faces are un-known to those they are cutting deals wid!!

    REAL regioanal co-operation…effective and pre-emptive policing, instead of hand-wringing…and prattle ad nauseum. The same thing would put a slam-dunk on our local “Predial Larceny industry” .

    • Mac10 June 24, 2015 at 2:22 pm

      Given that the AG & police said they don’t need assistance from the FBI & Interpol to deal with the crime situation, how serous do you think they are??

  7. Walter Prescod June 24, 2015 at 8:05 am

    change the law 25 years if in possesion of a gun, nd 25 should be 25.

    • Justice For all June 24, 2015 at 8:21 am


  8. Bajan boy June 24, 2015 at 8:31 am

    The Attorney General always knows what needs to be done but never seem to be able to get anything done.even passing new legislation seem difficult for this would be attorney. The sting operations alluded to earlier should be home grown but we don’t have police officers who are prepared to make the sacrifice necessary for successful sting operations…..if the AG knew what to do he would stop talking and take action.
    The Commissioner is very knowledgeable and knows what should be done but seem to be controlled by the authorities..

  9. Patrick Blackman June 24, 2015 at 11:58 am

    @Walter Prescod – good point, simple solution at the infantry end, now need to get the generals, “life” in prison for gun running, same thing for drugs.

  10. Mac10 June 24, 2015 at 2:13 pm

    ….The firearms cannot come in unless there is collusion at our borders…..

    That’s why I believe you need to take a look at the Selwyn Knight shooting. For his family to be pressured to alter statement & the customs guy to be pressured by Gittens & his undercover crew is very questionable. Start there & see where the trail takes you!

  11. Tony Waterman June 24, 2015 at 4:19 pm

    @Tony Webster!!!!Thanks for your GREAT Suggestion, but I made that exact Suggestion about two years ago, and was quickly CASTIGATED for wanting to bring Foreigners into Barbados Business, but again this type of Policing is the ONLY thig that will work, as all the Caricom Countries are suffering from the same Ailment, the T&T Police have already been Complaining about being OUT GUNNED by the Criminal element, and now there is an admission that the same is slowly appearing here in Barbados.

    The Ag. is as Useless as TITS on a BULL, in 8 Years he has not Updated One Criminal Law in Barbados, he articulates very well what the Problems are, but in that same time frame has not put a resolution to any of the KNOWN problems in Place.

    Lip service ad nauseum

    @Mac10!!!! What are you really Saying!!!!!
    i am not sure if you know the real story about that Customs Guy, he was the Customs Officer, that was arrested at the Airport, and the arresting Officer was ????? Gittens.
    you may be onto something, keep digging

  12. Patrick Blackman June 24, 2015 at 6:29 pm

    @Tony wareman – “The Ag. is as Useless as TITS on a BULL, in 8 Years he has not Updated One Criminal Law in Barbados, he articulates very well what the Problems are, but in that same time frame has not put a resolution to any of the KNOWN problems in Place.”

    Hit the nail on the head…

  13. cecil p June 24, 2015 at 7:28 pm

    with all of these guns coming into to country is it possible more than one person @ the port and airport allowing these damn guns in my beautiful BIM its like this money talks just saying


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