CMC- The proliferation of “ghost guns” in Antigua and Barbuda, created using readily available 3D printing technology, presents a significant challenge for law enforcement.
Deputy Commissioner of Police Everton Jeffers recently disclosed the discovery of at least two of these 9mm small arms, which is deeply concerning due to their untraceable nature.
Ghost guns lack serial numbers, making it nearly impossible for law enforcement to trace their origins or owners.
Assembled from components that can be discreetly imported, they can be constructed by individuals with limited technical knowledge, following online tutorials and using basic tools.
The primary challenge lies in detecting and intercepting these components as they enter the country, often concealed within everyday items. Most of these parts and weapons are believed to originate from North America, particularly the United States, Venezuela, and Colombia, exacerbating the region’s drug trade issue due to porous borders.
Addressing this problem requires education, training, resources, and international cooperation. Patrol boats are essential for controlling the influx of firearms via sea routes.
DCP Jeffers emphasized Antigua and Barbuda’s commitment to law enforcement and collaboration with American authorities, given recent incidents, like the seizure of ghost guns in Trinidad and Tobago, highlighting the urgency of this challenge.
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