Firearms and ammunition destroyed in Dominica

Weapons to be destroyed in the El Salvador  under a program similar to the one in Dominica
Weapons to be destroyed in the El Salvador under the supervision of the OAS under the same program used in Dominica today

A total of 180 obsolete firearms were destroyed in Dominica today (September 6) by the Dominica Police Force with technical support from the Organization of American States (OAS) Program of Assistance for the Control of Arms and Munitions (PACAM).

Additionally 26,543 items of ammunition of various calibers were destroyed during the exercise.

The operation was done under the supervision of PACAM technical advisors, who also certified that the process was executed in accordance with international standards.

It was part of an exercise by the OAS as it supports Member States in the destruction of weapons in order to contribute to the effective control of ammunition, firearms, explosives, and other related materials in the region.

To date, over 33,000 firearms and approximately 5.6 million units of small caliber ammunition have been destroyed in Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua with OAS assistance, the organization said.

Through the PACAM program, the OAS said, it seeks to strengthen national stockpile management and destruction capabilities by providing training, equipment and technical assistance.

Throughout its implementation, PACAM has received financial contributions from the Governments of Canada, the United States, Spain, and Italy.

The operation in Dominica was done with financial assistance from the Government of the United States.

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30 Comments

  1. watt
    September 24, 2013

    oops
    :oops:

  2. Auser
    September 9, 2013

    Has Dominica ever done an independent study to determine: 1) how many guns over a given period are used in self-defense in comparison to the carrying out of criminal activity and, 2) how many of those guns used in criminal activity were legally acquired?

    Probably not, so the supposition is that gun = bad.

    Nice.

    • interested...
      September 10, 2013

      lololol… 1 fire arm from dominica was destroyed lol

  3. Justice and Truth
    September 9, 2013

    Good jobs officers. Those guns should never have been in Dominica in the first place. I have previously asked how did those guns enter Dominica. In future, please ensure passengers and their luggage are thoroughly checked not only for illegal drugs but also for guns. One day may Dominica be free of them.

  4. derp
    September 8, 2013

    Honestly, Dominica should have the right to bear arms law….if we all could own a gun freely we would have less crime look at Switzerland they all have a gun due to mandatory training at their forces, and guess what they have one of the lowest crime rates….

    • Civic
      September 12, 2013

      We have the right to bear arms.
      People just dotish

  5. jus sayin
    September 8, 2013

    I read a comment bout skerrit… ummm… I want to know exactly what part of this does skerrit have to play… protecting the streets so your young kids and grand kids won’t be gunned down by mindless people is wrong thing these days. … some of u ppl need that main thing. .. its called common sense… I see u rather corruption rather than building our country to the place it should be

  6. hhghggfgfd
    September 8, 2013

    More guns comein soon

  7. fredey
    September 8, 2013

    This is all bull that the work of america new new world order shaping up making moves to take control with little resistance when the bring in marshall law and start killing and bringing in population control its a movement towards control

  8. True dominican
    September 7, 2013

    that is such good news. Dominica doesn’t need that kind of destructive behavior. If standing united with other nations is the answer to ending senseless killing, well all way to it….Good job

  9. John Paul
    September 7, 2013

    What is the meaning of “Absolete” Some of these weapons look pretty modern to me why are they referring to them as Absolete?Maybe they are weapons that were confiscated or have been left abandoned by their owners at the amoury ,held as evidence etc. but not Absolete!

  10. SMH
    September 7, 2013

    What means Obsolete, ones that don’t work or ones that don’t shoot multiple bullets at rapide speed? Are they destroying any of the numerous AK- 47 type that Venezuela was allowed to bring in. I am happy they are getting rid of weapons, just curious what they mean by obsolete because it means outdated, did they replace them with new improved weapons?

  11. Jell-oo
    September 7, 2013

    “Colombia,Costa Rica,Dominica,El Salvador, Guatemala,Honduras and Nicaragua.” Read between the lines people. Skerritt must go so Dominica could prosper. We are aligned with all these poor and drug infested Countries. That’s how far Skerritt has brought Dominica. His time is up; he got to go.

    • Justice and Truth
      September 9, 2013

      What you have stated Dominica is not presently prospering? You must be blind. If you think so looking back to some years (if you were alive then) many will inform you of the true sense and meaning of the word, prosperity and lack of it.
      You think that Dominica has not prospered and concluded that a new government will bring prosperity to Dominica. I wonder what type of prosperity you are thinking of and have in mind for Dominica. Inform us of your vision and what prosperity will a new government bring to Dominica that it does not yet have. Explain it to us.

  12. Ma dominique
    September 7, 2013

    Too many guns on the street. Police visit Gully in Estate they always brandishing their guns especially the body guards of the well known drug King

  13. cohenval
    September 7, 2013

    The Americans help destroy the “old” weapons, so that we can buy “new” ones from them. So their gun manufactures can make more money. Since the gun was invented the bullet and how it is “fired” have not changed.

  14. Jennifer
    September 7, 2013

    Moi sav they hear to distroy guns the busy to give money. They need to control their own gun issue in their. Country first

  15. anonymous2
    September 7, 2013

    That’s where they want to leave you……defenseless….when they arrive. Not a good place to be and not a good move on your part. You will not be spared by them. Wake up!

  16. 21st Century Farmer
    September 7, 2013

    Let me hear what a negative Dominican going and say

  17. ye im ignorant
    September 6, 2013

    That just so stupid, why would a country like Dominica need to destroy it’s firearms. If you notice the country in listed among Dominica are major drug dealing countries, where cartels always at war with the respective military of said countries, so I can understand why they destroy guns, to make sure that it doesn’t fall into the hands of cartel members.Dominica a self doesn’t have that problem is money it have to waste, guns cost money and police NEED guns. Just need to clean out the corruption in the police force and you won’t have to worry about DESTROYING guns.

    • Justice and Truth
      September 9, 2013

      You are ignorant. Giving the police a bad name? They are not all one and the same. You are insinuating that all the guns which were destroyed belonged to the police force? With this type of opinion, I wonder about you.
      You know very well today Dominica has more guns than ever. If the guns that are confiscated are not destroyed, soon, there will not be a big room enough to contain them. In the future there will also be more guns than there are people in Dominica. Those guns do not belong to the police.

  18. Alex Bruno
    September 6, 2013

    Some of these firearms could be could be stripped from their armor and donated to the museum for education purposes (I hope this was the case.

    We (Teyat Pawol) would be very well served with a couple of the old pieces of wood to be used as authentic props for our stage plays. I am not to sure what is the sense behind destroying these old artifacts, but there must be some good reason why this is done.

    My humble observation.

    • Justice and Truth
      September 9, 2013

      You must be joking. Guns used by criminals to be placed in a museum and also utilized for stage plays? Wherever in the world you hear that happening? I suppose it is your sole personal thought. They are destroyed because they were used during crimes and also were confiscated at the homes of criminals. They are of no use to Dominica. Who wants to be reminded that those guns were in the hands of criminals? It is better to destroy them.

      • Civic
        September 12, 2013

        Yes i’m sure criminals used WW2 era rifles right?

  19. Civic
    September 6, 2013

    ARE YOU SERIOUS? You could have just sold them to collectors. Oh god those Royal Enfields Why would you do something that stupid?

    • Justice and Truth
      September 9, 2013

      You are made a stupid statement. You really do not comprehend why they were destroyed. Who are the collectors you have in mind? Gun collecting is not as popular as it was in those days for obvious reasons. There are too many guns in the world and too many people are murdered by guns. In a home where the father is a gun collector, teenagers have known to take them and murder their very own parents and siblings.
      Democratic governments in other parts of the world would do likewise. The custom is when guns are seized they are not sold or given to anyone. They are destroyed.

      • Civic
        September 12, 2013

        >he custom is when guns are seized they are not sold or given to anyone.

        1.This is a stupid thing to do. First off, were any gun owners or collectors alerted? They have a registry. They could easily contact people and ask if they are interest in purchasing the weapon at a low price.

        2.Gun collecting is not a popular thing in general. Who cares what your uneducated opinion is on the matter?

        3. If someone decides to take their father’s or a relatives gun and go on a killing spree, so what? What about all the loads of illegal weapon in drug dealers hands? Why people crying foul for the 1 in a million anomaly? People have the right to own arms, and that right should be protected.

        Dotish people like you that letting the government do what they like.

  20. Krazy
    September 6, 2013

    thats confiscated guns from crimials man.. gotta be.. so they won’t be back on the streets killin inocent people

    • anonymous2
      September 8, 2013

      You people don’t understand what is going on in the world and why the gun owners that aren’t criminals are being targeted. The criminals will always have guns and so will the military.

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