Illegal firearm holders in Dominica are being urged to turn in their firearms to the police. The call came from Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit who was speaking during a press conference on Monday. Dominica has recorded 12 homicides so far for 2023, most are as a result of the use of firearms.
“The police are taking a zero tolerance to these things and I want to urge people who have illegal firearms to make a way in getting it to the police,” he said. “The police can facilitate you in getting it to them.”
According to him, the police have been working with some groups to get the illegal firearms off the streets.
“I have said to many people that when you have a firearm you always run the risk of using it and when you sell it you will be selling it to someone who will come back and kill you, or kill your mother, or kill your brother,” Skerrit remarked. “And so, the possession and the trading of firearms is not for a country like Dominica. It is too small for this.”
His advice for the public is to resolve issues through legal means and not through the use of firearms. Meanwhile, he revealed that the United States government has made some movements in responding to Dominica’s concerns about the number of firearms coming into the region.
“What we have done on the government standpoint to mitigate against is to put systems at the port of entry and we expended significant funds in putting these scanners at the ports of entry, so as to identify those firearms that are coming in,” Skerrit explained.
He continued, “Obviously people find other means of getting these firearms on the streets in Dominica.”
Skerrit believes it is incumbent upon everyone in the country to play their part with respect to the presence and prevalence of firearms on the streets.
“Crime is a societal problem and all of us must play our part,” he noted.