Police Commissioner Atlee Rodney is suggesting that cash be offered to anyone with information leading to the seizure of illegal guns in Antigua and Barbuda, instead of an amnesty
The gun amnesty implemented by the government has failed, reeling in only about two firearms.
But Rodney, who is determined to get these guns off the streets, said perhaps the issue of paying for the handing over of guns or information leading to confiscating these weapons could be looked at instead.
“We have tried the amnesty several times. I think cash for guns will work instead of amnesty. The amnesty just doesn’t work. I think if we put something in place where people will get money for a certain caliber of gun” he said
Rodney said the cash will increase based on the type of gun that is seized.
Gun-related crimes have been on the rise in Antigua and Barbuda. On Sunday, a man was shot in the head at Willikies while another received a grazed bullet during a robbery at a school
Two weeks ago, a Syrian national was killed when he attempted to stop an active robbery.
Meanwhile, police are continuing investigations into two separate incidents of shooting that left two men nursing injuries.
“Around 6:13 pm on Sunday, June 4, a male employee at a school in St. Johns was assaulted by two male assailants, who were armed with flare guns,” police said
The man was reportedly robbed of his mobile phone and an undisclosed amount of money.
“One of the assailants also discharged his weapon, causing injuries to the man’s left ear. He was treated on the scene and later transported to the Sir Lester Bird Medical Center by EMS for further treatment,” the statement said
Lawmen said Both suspects are said to be of slim build and approximately 5 feet 8 inches in height. They were wearing dark clothing and had their faces concealed.