Remember to register firearms

The RCIPS is reminding all owners of firearms permits that expire 31 December that they need to apply for renewal forms well in advance.

The step-by-step process is fairly straight forward and should be considered a priority for all holding these permits.

Forms can be collected from George Town Police Station and from police HQ on the fourth floor at Elizabethan Square.

Completed renewal forms should then be taken to the Criminal Records Office along with the renewal fees of $300 per firearm. Renewal is for three years.

Those who are exempted e.g. gun club members or registered farmers, are to submit the renewal forms only along with proof of their exemption to Police HQ.

Receipt of payment and/or renewal form are to be mailed or delivered to: RCIPS HQ, 4th Floor Elizabethan Square, PO BOX 909, Grand Cayman, KY1-1103. For the attention of Mrs Pamela Watler.

The RCIPS is also taking this opportunity to advise all firearms owners to check the security of their safes, which need to be bolted to a sturdy wall or floor. An essential requirement that is contingent to all firearms licensed holders is to have a secure safe that cannot be breached. An alarming device is also recommended. The safe should have two independent means of opening, whether by key or combination key and dial.

A dead locking bar should be on the hinged side of the door with at least a 1-inch diameter locking bolt with an internal locker. Bolt down holes in the bottom of the safe is also preferred.

A police officer will visit the residence and physically check the security of the faculty used to store the firearms and give any advice that is needed. Additionally, random checks will be made and those found to be in breach of the requirements will have their licenses revoked. Should the police officer be unsatisfied with the security measures in place, any firearms will be confiscated and kept in police custody until the criteria is met.

Gun Club members and others may contact the president of C.I. Sports Shooting Club, Mr. Edison Mclean at 916-3680 or Mr Andrew Mcbean on 326-1866 for helpful information.

When firearms permit holders pass away or no longer wish to possess their firearms they should be turned in to the police for safe keeping or destruction.

Anyone with information about crime taking place in the Cayman Islands should contact their local police station or Crime Stoppers on 800-8477 (TIPS). All persons calling crime stoppers remain anonymous, and are eligible for a reward of up to $1,000, should their information lead to an arrest or recovery of property/drugs.

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