Residents of Antigua and Barbuda who hold illegal firearms could be given one last chance to surrender their guns and ammunition, before the government passes a law to enforce stricter penalties under the Firearms Act.
Prime Minister Gaston Browne said in parliament on Tuesday that Cabinet would discuss granting one more gun amnesty before the government eliminates fines and imposes a direct jail sentence for people who commit gun crimes.
“We do recognise as a result of the amendments that we’re making here that there could be some people who may have had the added comfort of having an illegal firearm, quite clearly, they would be in serious danger because as you recognise now it is not an issue of fine, it’s mandatory jail sentence. So, Mr. Speaker [Speaker of the House Gerald Watt], I’d want to suggest to my Cabinet colleagues maybe this Wednesday that we announce an amnesty for those individuals to hand in their guns.”
(More in today’s Daily Observer)