Ellington Wants New Legislation in Case of A Gun Amnesty, Stricter Penalties For Gun Offenders

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Executive Director of the Centre for Security, Counter-Terrorism and Non-Proliferation, CSCTN, Owen Ellington is suggesting that new legislation should follow any possible gun amnesty with the intention of placing stricter penalties on gun offenders.

Mr. Ellington is also a Former Commissioner of Police.

His suggestion follows Prime Minister Andrew Holness’ announcement recently that the government was contemplating an amnesty to get illegal guns off the streets.

Mr. Ellington says the regime after the amnesty must include longer sentences for gun offenders.

He expressed disappointment in a recent report that indicated that gun offenders received non-custodial sentences in the crime plagued parish of Westmoreland.

Owen Ellington, Executive Director of the Centre for Security, Counter-Terrorism and Non-Proliferation.

In the meantime…Chairman of the Jamaica Police Federation, Sergeant Patrae Rowe says before any gun amnesty is declared, the government should consider it might be an avenue for criminals to sell their old weapons and reinvest in news ones.

Sergeant Patrae Rowe, Chairman of the Jamaica Police Federation.

However Mr. Ellington doesn’t believe this would be an avenue used by criminals.

He says the amended laws following the amnesty should be what is used by the authorities to rid the nation’s streets of illegal firearms.

Owen Ellington, Executive Director of the Centre for Security, Counter-Terrorism and Non-Proliferation.



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