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GUN AMNESTY: More guns, ammo surrendered; none is assault rifle

One week into the Guyana government’s gun and ammunition amnesty, more such items have been surrendered to police across the country by citizens.

So far, no assault rifles or machine guns have been handed over to police. A former law enforcement officer has pointed out that the more than 1,000 7.62 X 51 MM rounds that were taken into the Kitty Police Station on day one of the amnesty are used only in antiquated Self Loading Rifles (SLR) but in AK-47 or M70  assault rifles.  No SLR  rifles have been given up so far.

Assault rifles were the weapons of choice by heavily armed gangs that wreaked havoc in Georgetown and parts of the East Coast Demerara from 2002 to 2009.

Government has assured that no questions would be asked of anyone handing in weapons ammunition and they would not be prosecuted. Public Security Minister, Khemraj Ramjattan last weekend warned that anyone caught with illegal guns and ammunition after September 30, 2015 would be jailed.

Unto yesterday Monday September 07, 2015, the following firearms and ammunition have been handed in by citizens in response to the firearm amnesty.

 ‘A’ Division (Georgetown/East Bank Demerara)

1,191 rounds 7.62×51 ammunition.
Two (2) .22 pistols and three (3) magazines along with 55 rounds .22 ammunition.
One (1) shotgun with one (1) cartridge.
One (1) 9mm Luger pistol with nine (9) matching rounds.
One (1) .32 Walter pistol with one (1) magazine, along with 193 matching rounds.

 ‘D’ Division (West Demerara/East Bank Essequibo)

One (1) 9mm magazine.
Three (3) 16 gauge shotgun cartridges.
Three (3) 20 gauge shotgun cartridges.

 ‘F’ Division (Interior Locations)

One (1) 20 gauge shotgun
One (1) 16 gauge shotgun

The Guyana Police Force is reminding citizens that the police locations where firearms and ammunition can be handed in during the amnesty are as follows. Contact telephone numbers are indicated, where applicable.

‘A’ Division
Brickdam Police Station – 226-4701
Ruimveldt Police Station – 225-2683
East La Penitence Police Station – 225-2661
Alberttown Police Station – 225-2672
Providence Police Station – 265-2222
Timehri Police Station – 261-2222

‘B’ Division
Central Police Station – 333-2151 to 4
Fort Wellington Police Station – 232-0313
Blairmont Police Station – 330-2222
Albion Police Station – 322-0752
Whim Police Station – 337-2519 or 337-2222
No. 51 Police Station – 339-4003
Springlands Police Station – 335-3014
Mibicuri Police Station

‘C’ Division
Sparendaam Police Station – 222-2232 or 222-4355
Beterverwagting Police Station – 220-2222
Vigilance Police Station – 274-1221 or 274-0409
Cove & John Police Station – 229-2655
Mahaica Police Station – 228-2237
Mahaicony Police Station 221-2296

‘D’ Division
Leonora Police Station – 268- 2328
Vreed-en-Hoop Police Station – 264-2224
La Grange Police Station – 264-2357
Parika Police Station 260-4477

‘E’ Division
Kwakwani Police Station – 440-2222
Mabura Police Station – 655-6725
Wismar Police Station – 442-0759
Mackenzie Police Station – 444-3351

‘F’ Division
Bartica Police Station – 455-2241, 455-3299 or 455-2222
Lethem Police Station – 772-2087 or 772-2011
Mabaruma Police Station – 777-5007
Port Kaituma Police Station – 777-4007
Mahdia- Police Station -672-8015
Kamarang Police Station – 600-5030
Kurupung Police Station
Aranka Police Station
Enachu Police Station
Issano Police Station
Annai Police Station
Aishalton Police Station
Karasabai Police Station
Monkey Mountain Police Station
Kato Police Station
Moruka Police Station
Yarakita Police Station
Matthew’s Ridge Police Station
Baramita Police Station
Eteringbang Police Station
Imbaimadai Police Station
Kaikan Police Station
Paruima Police Station
Kurupukari Check Point
Itaballi Check Point

‘G’ Division
Suddie Police Station – 774-4222 or 774-4295
Anna Regina Police Station – 771-4222
Charity Police Station – 771-4102
San Souci Police Station 774-5022
Leguan Police Station – 260-0727
Aurora Police Station – 774-4202