[www.inewsguyana.com] – The Gun Amnesty programme launched by the Public Security Ministry got off to a fast start on Tuesday September 01, after more than 1,000 live rounds were delivered to a city police station.
According to a police statement, at 9:41 hrs, a member of the public handed in one thousand, one hundred and ninety one (1,191) 7.62×51 rounds at a Police Station in Georgetown.
This declaration from the police comes in the face of statements from Guyana’s political sphere that the amnesty programme would not be successful.
Former Home Affairs Minister, Clement Rohee had said that the gun amnesty programme is “bound to fail,” citing reports by law enforcement agencies during his tenure.
“The gun amnesty touted by Ramjattan is bound to fail. In most cases the programme did not reach its anticipated success. This was the case in Argentina, Australia, Brazil and nine States in the United States of America,” Rohee told reporters.
According to an advisory from the Public Security Ministry, “all transactions in this amnesty period will be treated with strict confidentiality,.
The Police stations where firearms can be handed in are the Timehri, Ruimveldt, East La Penitence, Brickdam and Alberttown police stations. In ‘B’ Division guns can be turned in at the Fort Wellington, Blairmont, Central, Albion, Whim, No.51, Springlands and Mibicuri police stations. In ‘C’ division, the police stations are: Sparendaam, Beterverwagting, Vigilance, Cove and John, Mahaica and Mahaicony.