Two people have handed over four firearms and 40 rounds of ammunition to the authorities, the police announced on Monday.
The surrender of the firearms and ammunition comes as the Royal St. Vincent and the Grenadines Police Force (RSVGPF) and the Ministry of National Security prepare to introduce a national amnesty for holders of illegal firearms and ammunition.
The firearms surrendered are one Glock 22-C pistol, one Glock 33 Pistol, one .38 Revolver and one 12 gauge shotgun
The ammunition was made up of 30 rounds of .9mm, seven rounds of .40mm, three round of .38mm and two magazines.
“The RSVGPF thanks the citizens who have chosen to surrender their illegal firearms, even before the amnesty commences. The RSVGPF encourages others who possess illegal firearms to hand them over immediately. You will not be prosecuted!’ the police said in a statement.
The statement reminded that the maximum penalty for possessing an illegal firearm and ammunition is seven years imprisonment or a fine of EC$20,000 or both in the magistrate’s court.
“Be further advised that this penalty may be increased by an Act of Parliament later in 2024,” the police statement said.
“Play your part in reducing crime and violence in St. Vincent and the Grenadines (SVG). Together, we can make SVG safer and more peaceful!”