A citizen has handed over a firearm to the authorities at the Montego Bay Police Station in St. James under the nationwide Gun Amnesty, which has been in effect since November 5. The Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) issued a statement via Instagram, reporting that the individual arrived at the station at about 4:15 p.m. on Friday, November 11, and gave the police a plastic bag containing a Smith and Wesson .38 revolver, as well as 40 rounds of ammunition.
The statement, made by a member of the JCF by the last name of Samuels, continued by expressing gratitude and encouraging more citizens to hand over any illegal or unregistered firearms and ammunition. In accordance with the amnesty, individuals who turn in their weapons to the police, regardless of how they acquired them, will not be prosecuted.
On November 9, Commissioner of Police, Major General Antony Anderson, reported that an assault rifle was given to the Port Maria police in St. Mary. The Commissioner also informed the Jamaica Gleaner that a second person had given ammunition to the police in the parish.
The amnesty, introduced by Minister of National Security Dr. Horace Chang, was implemented to fight crime across the island and will end on November 19. Dr. Chang stated that after the amnesty expires, “the full force of the law” will be applied to “anyone found in possession of an illegal firearm or ammunition.” According to the punishments specified for the impending enforcement of the new Firearms Prohibition and Restriction Act, those who violate it might spend up to 15 years to life in prison.