Bahamas Government Issues Firearms Amnesty Order

NASSAU, The Bahamas – The Bahamas Ministry of National Security advises that an amnesty period for firearms will begin tomorrow, October 5, 2011.

The Minister of National Security, the Hon. Tommy Turnquest, today signed an Order under the Firearms (Amnesty) Act 1993, declaring a firearms moratorium period from 5th October 2011 to 3rd November 2011.

The Order specifies designated places in New Providence, Grand Bahama and the Family Islands.

These places are as follows:

New Providence

Firearms Licensing Office, Thompson Boulevard, Oakes Field;
Central Detective Unit, Thompson Boulevard
Drug Enforcement Unit, Thompson Boulevard
Cable Beach Police Station
Central Police Station, East Street;
Southern Police Station, Market and Quakoo Streets.
Grove Police Station, Blue Hill Road
Wulff Road Police Station
Carmichael Road Police Station
East Street South Police Station
Elizabeth Estates Police
Fox Hill Police Station

Grand Bahama

Central Detective Unit
Central Police Station
Lucaya Police Station
Eight Mile Rock Police Station
West End Police Station

Family Islands

The Administrator’s Office or Any Police Station.

I wish to advise that while the moratorium is in effect, it will not apply to any person arrested by the police who is found in possession of an illegal firearm. Any member of the public now having unlicensed firearms in their possession is urged to deposit them at one of the designated places.

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