The St. Lucia government says it has no plans to reinstate a firearm amnesty noting that it is moving closer towards the goal of a 45 per cent reduction in serious crime by 2022.
National Security and Home Affairs Minister Hermangild Francis was quoted by Antigua Observer as saying – he was surprised at a newspaper article that appeared to indicate that the Allen Chastanet administration would implement the “‘guns for cash amnesty” that had been in force here during the period 1997 to 2006.’
Minister Francis noted that the article which appeared in the August 8 edition of the Voice Newspaper and headlined “s the guns for cash amnesty back on track”? “gave the impression that the programme was being revisited for implementation.
In the newspaper article, Bousquet wrote that Francis “earlier this week disclosed that the current UWP (United Workers Party) administration is or has quietly revived or is reviving the gun amnesty.