(BARBADOS NATION) — Thirty-two firearms were turned in during Government’s one-week gun amnesty.
In a media briefing today at police headquarters in Roebuck Street, St Michael, Commissioner of Police Tyrone Griffith said the haul comprised mainly small firearms.
In addition to the guns, 1 758 rounds of ammunition were also netted.
“Any firearms and ammunition that are taken off the streets gives less potential for someone to be injured as a result,” Griffith said.
Up to Wednesday, Attorney General Dale Marshall said eight guns and 873 bullets were turned in. The majority belonged to people who died.
He said if people did not take advantage of the opportunity to turn in the guns, no leniency would be shown to those caught with weapons going forward.
To date, Barbados has had 20 murders for the year, most of them by gun and there has been a public outcry to address the issue.