Ceasefire, the Rotary Club’s amnesty month-long gun buy-back programme, netted four weapons and a stock of ammunition in its first four days.
‘We’re off to a good start,’ said Rotary Club of Grand Cayman president David Kirkaldy. ‘A gun each day since the start of the programme is a great success in my book.’
Mr. Kirkaldy said the good beginning bodes well for the future of Ceasefire because the volume of collections seems to increase as the programme nears its end on 30 November.
For each unlicensed firearm turned in last week, a non-traceable $400 voucher valid at any Chamber of Commerce member business was awarded to the person turning it in.
As each week of November passes, the value of the voucher will decrease by $100, so only $300 will be offered for firearms turned in this week.
The amnesty only applies to unlicensed firearms turned in to a member of the Cayman Islands Ministers Association. The amnesty does not extend to any crimes that may be linked to the weapon turned in.
The Rotary Club is encouraging those with unlicensed firearms to take advantage of this opportunity to turn it in. The club also wants those who know someone else who has a licensed gun to encourage them to turn them in during the amnesty period.
New Police Commissioner Stuart Kernohan, who was the guest speaker at the Rotary Club of Grand Cayman’s luncheon meeting last Thursday, praised the club’s efforts with the Ceasefire programme.
‘This is a perfect example of how Rotary can help the community as a whole,’ he said.