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New gun laws coming: No bail for 120 days for firearm possession

The government will soon take legislation to Parliament to help in ridding illegal firearms from the streets of T&T and putting away offenders and repeat offenders behind bars for a long time.

National Security Minister, Stuart Young on Tuesday lamented the influx of illegal firearms stating that recent statistics showed an estimate of 9,000 guns which include semi-automatic pistols and assault rifles such as the AR 15s and AK47s in the hands of the criminals.

Two arrested during anti-crime exercise

Two persons were arrested and a firearm and quantities of ammunition and marijuana seized, by officers of the North Eastern Division Task Force, during an anti-crime exercise conducted in the El Socorro yesterday. 

During the exercise conducted between 10:00 am and 4:00 pm, on March 28th  the officers had cause to arrest a 27-year-old man of New Lane, El Socorro, for possessing a pistol, 13 rounds of ammunition and 465 grammes of marijuana.

 Officers also held a 16-year-old suspect of the district, for possession of 64 grammes of marijuana during the same exercise.

Young: Increase fines for repeat gun offenders

In light of the spate of gun crimes, the national security minister intends to take a policy note to Cabinet for stiffer penalties for repeat gun offenders. 

Speaking at this afternoon's post-cabinet news conference, Minister Stuart Young said an increase in the penalty should act as a serious deterrent. 

He said, "the second time you are caught with a gun, I'd like the fine to be increased significantly and the third time, well three strikes and you're out." 

Police firearms section still closed

The firearms section of the police service will remain closed indefinitely as an internal audit continues.

In a statement today, the office of the commissioner of police says the internal audit is ongoing and is expected to last for some time.

 As such the commissioner's office says the firearms section will remain closed.

 The section was first scheduled to re-open on March 7th but then that was pushed back to March 21st. 

But now the police service says the firearms section will stay closed to facilitate the comprehensive audit. 

Seven held during anti-crime exercise

Seven persons are expected to be charged with possession of a firearm and ammunition, after they were arrested by officers of the La Horquetta Criminal Investigations Department, during an anti-crime exercise this morning.

According to police reports, during the exercise coordinated by ACP McDonald Jacob and spearheaded by Snr. Supt. (Ag.) Curtis Paul, officers proceeded to Rocky McLaughlin Circular, Phase 4, La Horquetta, around 12:15 am, today where they observed a group of persons standing along the roadway, passing around an object which looked like a firearm.

Santa Cruz man arrested for possession of gun and ammunition

A 20-year-old man has been arrested and charged by officers of the Northern Division after he was found in possession of a firearm and ammunition.

According to police reports,  during an exercise on February 25th officers of the Northern Division Task Force, received information that lead them to the intersection of the Priority Bus Route and La Resource South, D’Abadie, where they conducted a search of the suspect.

The search resulted in officers discovering a Beretta pistol loaded with a magazine containing four rounds of 9mm ammunition.

Senior Cop: Criminals switching to military weapons

Crim­i­nals are shift­ing from the use of hand­guns to com­mit crimes to more so­phis­ti­cat­ed mil­i­tary-type ri­fles.

This from As­sis­tant Com­mis­sion­er of Po­lice (An­ti-Crime) Jayson Forde on Wednes­day as he told a Par­lia­ment Joint Se­lect Com­mit­tee on Na­tion­al Se­cu­ri­ty that po­lice were seiz­ing an av­er­age of 1,000 il­le­gal firearms an­nu­al­ly.

Forde ad­mit­ted that the rate at which il­le­gal firearms “ap­pear on the streets is some­thing to be con­cerned about.”

Loaded gun, marijuana seized

A loaded pis­tol and a small quan­ti­ty of mar­i­jua­na have been seized by of­fi­cers of the In­ter-Agency Task Force (IATF) dur­ing an an­ti-crime ex­er­cise con­duct­ed in the Laven­tille area.

The Po­lice Ser­vice said a par­ty of of­fi­cers at­tached to IATF Strike Team car­ried out a search of a bushy area near the bas­ket­ball court in Strak­er Vil­lage.

The search led to one Beretta PX4 Storm pis­tol fit­ted with a mag­a­zine con­tain­ing three rounds of 9mm am­mu­ni­tion and a plas­tic bag con­tain­ing 45 grammes of mar­i­jua­na.

Police seize pistol and ammunition during anti-crime exercise

One loaded pistol and a small quantity of marijuana have been discovered by officers of the Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) during an anti-crime exercise in the Laventille on Boxing Day.

According to police reports, PC Baksh along with a party of officers attached to IATF Strike Team carried out a search  in a  bushy area near the basketball court in Straker Village. 

The search led to one Beretta PX4 Storm pistol fitted with a magazine containing three rounds of 9mm ammunition and a plastic bag containing 45 grammes of marijuana. 

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