Address by Prime Minister Freundel Stuart

Cop doesn't think an amnesty will stop guns

Cop doesn't think an amnesty will stop guns
22 Feb
2017

Acting police commissioner Stephen Williams doesn't believe a gun amnesty would help curb criminal activities in Trinidad and Tobago.

This as he acknowledged there has been a "consistent and substantial increase" in the number of illegal firearms entering the country.

Williams, speaking before the joint select committee on national security Monday, said research has shown this was not effective.

He says 765 firearms were seized in 2016, the highest number in the country's history and "more than Jamaica or any other country in the region".

But he acknowledged that these figures represented just an estimation of the number of illegal firearms circulating in the country.