National Security Minister, Dr. Horace Chang, says gun crimes are prosecuted better in Jamaica than in the United States.

His comments follow an expose in the New York Times, showing how American guns end up in the hands of Jamaican criminals.

He says improvements are being made in Jamaica, but there are weaknesses in the US system.

The New York Times article tracked one gun bought by farmer in North Carolina in 1991, to nine murders committed in Jamaica in recent times.

The gun had been missing for 24 years, but the article points out that under US law, there’s no obligation for a gun owner to report a weapon lost or stolen.

Dr. Chang says the low monitoring of firearms in the United States is an issue.

The Security Minister says while there have been improvements in cooperation between Jamaica and the US, local authorities still have difficulties tracking gun shipments to their owners.

Dr. Horace Chang, National Security Minister.

He was speaking on Nationwide This Morning with Dennis Brooks and Kalilah Reynolds.

The Security Minister is also weighing in on the debate about relaxing the country’s anti-cursing law, to allow for bad words to be used at entertainment events for adults.

He says the law doesn’t define which words are bad words.

He says several of the so-called “bad words” are simply Jamaican dialect.