With just two firearms being turned in during the Royal
Cayman Islands Police guns amnesty programme in July, officers have decided to
extend the programme for another month.
This time around, they’ll be offering cash to individuals
who turn in their weapons.
According to Robert Baraud of High Impact Media, his company
has set aside $2,000 for police to offer to those who turn in weapons or
ammunition. Additional donations for the programme will be sought from the
Mr. Baraud said up to $200 will be given for each
operational firearm – including pellet guns – turned in during the month of
August and $25 will be given per 10 rounds of ammunition that are turned in.
“No questions asked,” Mr. Baraud said.
RCIPS Superintendent Marlon Bodden said he was disappointed
with the results of the July gun amnesty programme. Just one shotgun and one
rifle were turned in to police, along with 144 rounds of ammo.
During a 2010 gun amnesty, 26 weapons were turned in along
with 233 rounds of ammunition.
“Look back….at the first stage of the amnesty, to ask me if
I’m disappointed the answer would be ‘yes’,” Mr. Bodden said. “We have had so
many incidents…during the amnesty that have involved the use of firearms where
injuries have resulted and criminal activities have been committed.
“I wouldn’t say that it failed. If one firearm is taken off
the street that is a success.”