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Unlicensed firearms and ammunition on display at a police press conference in Kingstown on Dec. 16, 2022.
Unlicensed firearms and ammunition on display at a police press conference in Kingstown on Dec. 16, 2022.
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The National Firearm Amnesty is now in its final two weeks and the Royal St. Vincent and the Grenadines Police Force is urging holders of unlicensed firearms and ammunition to surrender them before stiffer penalties approved by Parliament come into effect.

 “With only 15 days left in the amnesty program, we urge all citizens to take this opportunity seriously and contribute to making Saint Vincent and the Grenadines a safer place for everyone,” the police force said in a press release on Thursday.

To date, the public has responded by handing over 13 firearms and 291 rounds of ammunition. We commend these efforts and encourage more participation as the deadline approaches,” police said.

“We appeal to all residents to encourage those in possession of illegal firearms and ammunition to hand them over. Firearms can be surrendered at the nearest police station or to designated community leaders, including ministers of religion, justices of the peace, parliamentarians, lawyers, or authorised firearms dealers. This is a unique opportunity to turn in illegal firearms without fear of prosecution and to help foster a more peaceful environment for our citizens and visitors.”

The police force called on the public to work together with law enforcement to ensure the safety and security of St. Vincent and the Grenadines.

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“Your cooperation is crucial in making St. Vincent and the Grenadines a safer place. For more information, please contact your nearest police station or call police control at 1784-457-1211. Together, we can make a difference. Hand in illegal firearms now!” the statement said.