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Wrong shot! Manchester Police head wrong on licensed firearm storage claim

Published:Monday | October 12, 2015 | 10:21 AMDamion Mitchell, Editor - Radio & Online
Under Section 45 of the Firearm Act, licensed firearm holders are to be charged if they leave their weapons at home while overseas.

It appears the head of the Manchester Police Division got it wrong last week when she said she could not prosecute licensed firearm holders who leave their weapons at home while they are overseas.

Superintendent Vendolyn Cameron-Powell made the claim on Independent Talk on Power 106 FM last week amid concern that since the start of the year, 10 licensed firearms have been stolen in Manchester.

She said she could not prosecute the owners of the weapons because the law allows licensed firearm holders to store their weapons at home in a safe.

 

Superintendent Vendolyn Cameron-Powell on Independent Talk on Power 106 FM last week

However, under Section 45 of the Firearm Act, licensed firearm holders are to be charged if they leave their weapons at home while overseas.

It says where a licensed holder is about to leave Jamaica and does not desire to take his weapon or ammunition, he shall arrange for their storage under conditions approved by the chief police officer.

According to the Firearm Act, the weapon may be left with another person licensed to use the firearm or the sub-officer in charge of any police station.

Convicted offenders shall be liable to a fine of up to $200,000 or up to 12 months imprisonment.

Four days after the Superintendent made the claim on radio, the Firearm Licensing Authority yesterday published a newspaper advertisement reminding holders that they must store their weapons with the authority or the police when leaving the island.