October 24, 2020

Cayman Islands Firearms Amnesty receives first firearm

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Already in the early hours of the firearms amnesty this morning, Friday, 1 June, the first firearm of the amnesty was handed in along with a significant amount of ammunition.

The RCIPS wants to thank members of the public for already making the community safer with this first firearm surrender, and encourages others to follow this example.

In addition, a video explaining the amnesty and different ways to surrender a gun or ammunition, as well as a full written explanation of the amnesty, is now on the website firearms amnesty page.

From PR

“On Friday, 1 June, the RCIPS is launching a firearms amnesty during which illegal firearms can be turned in to police through any one of three proposed ways, with no criminal repercussions. The amnesty, which is the first amnesty the RCIPS has held since 2011, will run for the entire month, up until 30 June, from 7:00AM to 10:00PM daily. This amnesty is also held in close collaboration with several community organizations and businesses.

‘“The goal of this amnesty is simple. We, along with all of our partners in this campaign, just want to get as many guns as possible off the streets,” said , Deputy Commissioner of Police. “Over the past 12 years, 35 young men have been killed with a firearm in the . This is far too high a number for our small islands and a sobering statistic.”

“In 2017 police recovered 29 illegal firearms, while the number of firearm incidents on island decreased by over 30%. This correlation strongly suggests that removing firearms from the public results in a reduction of firearm incidents.”

The whole release can be viewed at: https://www.rcips.ky/the-rcips-launches-2018-firearms-amnesty-1-june

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