Regional gun threat

MARIA BRADSHAW, mariabradshaw@nationnews.com

Added 09 July 2017

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According to many of those interviewed by a Sunday Sun team, all kinds of high powered firepower is available on the streets of Barbados. (FILE)

A CARIBBEAN WATCHDOG agency urged governments two years ago to strengthen measures to control gun trafficking and crime.

The advice from the Caribbean Financial Action Task Force (CFATF) followed a study into the proliferation of small arms and ammunition in 13 member states, including Barbados, Jamaica, St Vincent and Trinidad and Tobago, that was based on the countries’ responses to a questionnaire.

The study from the agency’s Risk, Trends and Methods Group found that criminals obtained and used small arms and ammunition primarily for drug trafficking purposes and gang violence.

Self-employed persons, taxi drivers, vendors and fishermen were some of the groups of persons identified as being among the weapons peddlers. (MB)

Please read the full story in today’s Sunday Sun, or in the eNATION edition.

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