Commissioner of Police Atlee Rodney Proposes “Cash for Guns” Program as Alternative to Amnesty

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Commissioner of Police - Atlee P. Rodney

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.

Source: Antigua News

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6 COMMENTS

  1. Cash for guns is a great idea. Make sure when you set this up you have the money on hand to give in exchange for the guns. If not no one will turn anything in for an IOU.
    WE KNOW THE GOVERNMENT CAN’T BE TRUSTED TO PAY.

  2. The gun amnesty has failed because the criminal fraternity does not wish to give up its guns, it’s as simple as that. Giving cash to an informant could result in him/her or their family or friends being singled out for retribution by the gun owner if found out. What is needed is a strict and very harsh policy aimed at the criminals who are making life unbearable in Antigua. President Duarte of The Philippines conducted an extremely aggressive method of eliminating drug peddlers and users from his country which some may think went a bit too far but it worked. The police there were given power to eliminate anyone in the possession of or dealing in drugs and they did so forcefully. His country has now changed a great deal for the better in that respect as lives especially young ones were saved from the ravages of drugs. If in Antigua a person is found by the police to be in
    possession of an illegal weapon such as a gun the police should be given the authority to eliminate that person there and then. I guarantee this would put the fear of The Almighty in the minds of those criminals but would make the island a much better and safer place in which to live. Such a measure would not go down too well with the bleeding hearts community along with the Human Rights handwringers, that’s to be expected, however desperate means require desperate measures. It’s unlikely to happen here but why not give it a try? The law abiding public are at war with the low life scum who are blighting their lives daily and who are winning. What is there to lose?

  3. Maybe guns came in the cargo of the Antiguan Airways along with PM security. Timing, right before elections. Should he have lost, he almost did, he would have his army and guns to hold his dictatorship at any cost. Maybe he was going to do a Trump.

  4. Anything is possible πŸ‘½ you thinking outside the box, when you have nefarious people leading you can expect alot of corruption

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