No gun amnesty for Barbados

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BARBADOS IS UNLIKELY to have a gun amnesty, even though Government is worried about the prevalence of weapons being used in the commission of crimes, including murder.

Attorney General Adriel Brathwaite said today the amnesty would not work because Government could not afford to waive prosecution in every case for people turning in firearms.

He told reporters the authorities needed to maintain the right to prosecute, or at least follow up the leads by talking to people handing over weapons, in cases where it was found that such weapons had been used in the commission of crime.

Brathwaite spoke to reporters on the fringes of a meeting at the Hilton Barbados resort this morning of border security officials from at least 12 Caribbean countries, the Netherlands, the United States, Britain and the United Kingdom. (TY)

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