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It became challenging to store private guns at Ja's airports – Commish

Published:Wednesday | July 6, 2016 | 7:41 AM
Police Commissioner, Carl Williams says it became logistically challenging to secure the hundreds of firearms accumulated at the two major airports on a daily basis.

Police Commissioner, Carl Williams, says the decision by the police to discontinue safeguarding firearms at Jamaica’s airports on behalf of gun owners was taken because of the exponential increase in the number of licensed firearm holders travelling daily.

Williams was responding to concerns raised in a letter to the editor published in The Gleaner yesterday.

The letter writer was concerned about a lack of information about where licensed firearms can be left and the requirements for leaving them with the police.

READ: Letter of the day | Gun owners left in limbo

In a response, Williams says it became logistically challenging to secure the hundreds of firearms accumulated at the two major airports on a daily basis. 

He also notes that some of the persons were travelling for very long periods.

He says members of the public who are licensed firearm holders are now permitted to make prior arrangements with Divisional Commanders to have their weapons temporarily stored at their local Police Stations.

Williams says the Police will continue to work with organisers of major events to make provisions for safekeeping of firearms. 

He says public advisories will be sent out ahead of the events.