100 guns seized in one month
Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) Clifford Chambers says more than 100 illegal firearms have been confiscated since the start of the year through the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) 'Get the Guns' campaign.
Addressing the Small Business Association of Jamaica (SBAJ) Biz Social that was held last Tuesday at the Petroleum Corporation of Jamaica (PCJ) offices in St Andrew, Chambers said the seizures are part of sustained efforts by the security forces to reduce criminal activities in the country.
The crime-fighting initiative aims to intercept illegal guns entering the island's shores and seize them from criminals to reduce the number of guns available for illicit activities across the island.
Last year, 689 illegal firearms were seized along with 9,376 assorted rounds of ammunition. This resulted in 1,436 persons being arrested for breaches of the Firearms Act.
"Illegal firearms, none of which is manufactured in Jamaica, were featured in over 80 per cent of murders committed and the security forces continue to recover illegal firearms in huge numbers," Chambers said.