The Jamaica Government will be amending the Firearms Act to discourage the possession of and/or dealing in illegal firearms and ammunition.

This was disclosed by Prime Minister Andrew Holness, while making his contribution to the 2018/2019 Budget Debate in the House of Representatives yesterday.

He said there will be a number of new offences, such as trafficking, dealing and distributing, which will better define the various illicit activities within the illegal firearm trade.

“It is wholly unacceptable that so many lives are being lost to persons with illegal firearms, and this administration resolves to treat with this problem with the seriousness it deserves,” he said according to a report by the Jamaica Observer.

The amendments will also streamline the regulation of the legal arms trade and the functions and activities of the Firearm Licensing Authority.

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