Gibbs said, “Although gun amnesty has proven value abroad, at this time we have chosen to put it on the back burner in favour of other incentives, like the one being launched today.”
He was speaking on Wednesday, 9th February, 2011, at the launch in Port-of-Spain of a regional project on gun control, titled Strengthening CARICOM Co-operation to Reduce Gun Crime, the Trinidad Express newspaper reported.
The project is a collaboration between CARICOM’s Implementation Agency for Crime and Security (IMPACS) and Project Ploughshares, a Canadian non-governmental organisation.
The three-year project, which is being co-ordinated by IMPACS, aims to modernise and integrate the region’s information management systems in the area of arms and ammunition and to develop anti-gun policy, based on regional trends and inter-state comparisons.
It was noted by the National Security and Labour Minister of Antigua and Barbuda and chair of the CARICOM Council for National Security and Law Enforcement (CONSLE) Dr Errol Cort, who delivered the feature address, that Trinidad and Tobago was one of the few members of CARICOM that have implemented measures recommended by the United Nations on gun control.
The programme highlighted the imperative to move away from paper-based system of keeping records of import, export, transfer, licensing and seizure of small arms and light weapons.
(Content for this article was obtained from a Caribbeannewsnow report)