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Cops getting the guns – More than 1,300 guns and 19,000 rounds of ammunition seized

Published:Monday | July 10, 2017 | 10:29 AM

The police have seized 1,316 illegal guns and more than 19,000 rounds of ammunition in the 22 months since the launch of the ‘Get the Guns’ campaign in September 2015.   

This includes 449 guns and 7,899 rounds of ammunition seized so far this year. 

According to the police: 

* Area Four:  Kingston Central, Kingston East, Kingston West, St. Andrew Central and St Andrew South accounted for 30 per cent (135) of the guns seized this year. 

* Area One: Hanover, St James, Trelawny and Westmoreland who accounted for 28 per cent (128) of the firearms seized. 

* The majority of the assorted rounds of ammunition seized for the period, 51 per cent (4,015 rounds) was seized in Area One with St James alone accounting for 44 per cent (3,476 rounds) of the ammunition seized in the country. 

*Area Four accounted for 20 per cent (1,556 rounds) of the ammunition seized for the period. 

* Portland and St Mary had the least significant figures for both firearm and ammunition seizures with Portland recording only three firearm seizures (0.1%) and St Mary recording eight firearm seizures (1.8%)  so far this year.