Authorities believe business owners denied firearms are obtaining them illegally

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CABINET NOTES: The Cabinet invited to its meeting the Commissioner of Police and six of the top brass of the Royal Antigua and Barbuda Police Force, and the Chief of Defense Staff of the Antigua and Barbuda Defense Force, in order to discuss the manner in which the use of illegal firearms can be further curbed.

The Police reported that 35 unlawful firearms were seized during the stop-and-search operations which have been carried-out by joint Police and Military personnel.

A number of options were examined for increased sentences to be imposed on those persons found with unlicensed firearms, whatever may be their purpose.

It was reported that several business persons may have unlawfully acquired firearms after being denied an application for a firearm license, in order to protect themselves.

Criminals have both acquired or rented firearms in order to carry out robberies and other criminal acts that involve the use, or threat of use, of a firearm.

There will be further consultations between the Attorney General’s Office and the Royal Police Force to determine the extent to which the law governing punishment for possession of unlicensed firearms should be strengthened.

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