Security ministry unable to account for more than 7 million rounds of ammunition
National Security Minister Robert Montague says there are between seven and eight million rounds of ammunition in Jamaica for which the ministry is unable to give an account.
Montague says the ministry arrived at the figure by calculating the difference between the number of rounds of ammunition that can be in the legal possession of firearm holders and the number of ammunition imported into the country.
Speaking at a press conference this morning, he said there is a serious concern about access to ammunition and leakage to unauthorised persons.
Montague says an audit of gun ranges is ongoing with the goal of closing gaps that have seen gun owners having access to thousands of rounds of ammunition.
He explains that licensed firearm holders are entitled to 50 rounds of ammunition annually and they are also permitted to pay for 250 rounds of ammunition per quarter.
Therefore, a gun owner should have no more than 1,050 rounds of ammunition for the year.
There are approximately 40,000 licensed firearm holders in the country.
The security minister further explains that gun owners who are members of gun ranges can purchase any amount of ammunition at the range, which should only be used on the property.
There are about 13 shooting ranges operating in the country, with at least six authorised to sell ammunition.
Montague says ammunition have been leaked from some ranges into the public sphere.
He cites one instance where an inspection was conducted and a licensed firearm holder was found with over 3,000 rounds of ammunition in his possession.
Montague says the ministry is committed to tackling the issue.