Deadline of gun amnesty nears

Police say the deadline is nearing
to the end of their month-long gun amnesty, in which handguns, ammunition and
even a bow and arrows have been surrendered.

The Royal Cayman Islands Police
Service is calling on the public to hand in illegal, unwanted and unlicensed
guns and ammunition in the ‘no questions asked’ amnesty which ends on Thursday,
10 June.

On Tuesday, Detective
Superintendent Marlon Bodden made an appeal for the community to continue to
back the amnesty and use these last few days to hand in their weapons and help
reduce gun crime in Cayman.

“The amnesty is a golden
opportunity for people to get rid of illegal, unwanted and unlicensed guns and
ammunition,” he said. “Many people throughout the Cayman Islands have already
taken part. To date the campaign has been well supported and we’ve had
shotguns, handguns, imitation firearms, ammunition, detonators and a bow and
arrows all handed in.

“But the clock is now ticking. In
10 days, that window of opportunity closes.” Mr. Bodden added: “I’m sure that
the vast majority of law-abiding people on the Islands will agree with me when
I say that, as a community, we must do everything that we can to stop guns
falling into the wrong hands and being used for criminality. That’s why today I
want to make a specific appeal to people who have illegal, unlicensed or
illegal guns and ammunition in their possession not to let this opportunity
pass.”

The amnesty, which operates seven
days a week, from 7am until 7pm, began on 10 May. It is not a blanket amnesty –
it only applies to possession and disposal of weapons and does not mean
immunity from prosecution for any crime where the firearm has been used. All
weapons surrendered will be tested to ascertain if they have been used in the
commission of crime.

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