91-day gun  amnesty nets 18  illegal  guns, 327 bullets
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June 11, 2024

91-day gun amnesty nets 18 illegal guns, 327 bullets

The Royal Saint Vincent and the Grenadines Police Force (RSVGPF) said a total of 18 firearms and 327 rounds of ammunition were surrendered by individuals possessing illegal firearms during the National Firearm Amnesty.

The 91 day amnesty, which ran from March 1 to May 31, 2024 was aimed at ridding the nation of illegal firearms and ammunition and had at its core, ensuring the security and safety of the population of St Vincent and the Grenadines (SVG). The following table lists the surrendered illegal weapons and ammunition:

The police said in a release that their final community walkabout and town hall held in Barrouallie on May 30, 2024, the day prior to the end of the amnesty, was impactful. It marked their final appeal to the public to surrender any illegal firearms and reinforced the importance of public safety.

With the conclusion of the amnesty, the recent amendments to the Firearm Act are now in full effect. The police have stressed that their zero-tolerance approach to illegal firearms is ongoing and are resolute in posture. The amendments are designed to enhance the regulation and control of firearms, ensuring stricter penalties and enforcement to maintain the safety and security of SVG.

The RSVGPF said there will be a press briefing to present the results and outcomes of the amnesty where they will also provide a comprehensive overview of the impact of the amnesty and the positive steps taken towards reducing illegal firearms.

They have also extended gratitude to all who participated and contributed to the amnesty, noting that this cooperation remains crucial in their ongoing efforts to ensure a safer environment for all citizens.