Government considers gun amnesty

May 30, 2019

The Government is giving consideration to implementing a gun amnesty as part of measures to curb gun-related crimes in the country.

A gun amnesty is a buyback programme that allows for the voluntary surrender of illegal firearms and ammunition by citizens.

“We are contemplating a gun amnesty, and I would love to get what your thoughts [are] and how that can be executed, or whether or not we should actually have one. But it is something that we are thinking about," Prime Minister Andrew Holness said while addressing the Jamaica Police Federation's 76th Annual Joint Central Conference at Moon Palace Jamaica Grande in Ocho Rios, St Ann, on Wednesday.

"My personal view is that it could be effective if done in a particular way, but we have to make a stand against guns in our society,” he said.

The Prime Minister said the police must find ways to encourage citizens to disclose the location of illegal weapons, but noted that persons must feel safe when confiding such sensitive information.

“The citizens need to have the assurance that when they talk, they will be protected,” he  said.

“In recent times, we have given significant rewards for information leading to the recovery of firearms and, thankfully, no one can say that the information that they have given has been disclosed. I believe we are doing much better in that regard,” said Holness.

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