September 13, 2022 | By Colin O Jarrett |
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of National Security in Jamaica Dr Horace Chang says a gun amnesty will be declared as soon as the new Firearms Prohibition, Restriction and Regulation Act is entered into force.
The amnesty will allow persons who may be in possession of illegal firearms, the opportunity to surrender these weapons to the State without the fear of prosecution.
Dr Chang explained that Clause 19 of the Bill gives the power to the minister to declare a firearms amnesty, by order, subject to affirmative resolution. The National Security Minister said a public education campaign will also be undertaken along with the expansion of the get-the-gun programme.
Firearm amnesties have been used globally as an operational tool to reduce high levels of armed violence resulting from the proliferation of firearms and ammunition. Examples of countries where successful amnesties have been employed are Australia and South Africa.