A video circulating on social media showing two men brandishing firearms at a fete has prompted law enforcement officials to call on event organizers to beef up security at their events.
Spokesman for the Royal Barbados Police Force (RBPF) Acting Assistant Superintendent David Welch told Barbados TODAY the Force was “urging holders of events or fetes to beef up their security and ensure that all patrons are searched whether the event is on land or at sea”.
At the same time he made it clear that the RBPF would continue its initiatives to arrest the flow of illegal weapons onto the streets.
A number of guns from a batch of 300 were destroyed today with a machine donated through the United Nations Centre for Peace and Disarmament in Latin America and the Caribbean, the Public Relations Officer said.
Among the weapons were rifles, shotguns and handguns, including pistols and revolvers of different calibres.
“The Royal Barbados Police Force through this process is demonstrating transparency and ensuring the destruction of the firearms. This ensures that weapons do not return on the streets, as one would be unable to reconstruct it,” Welch explained.
The guns were obtained through adjudicated cases and police operations, as well as from members of the public who turned in weapons.
“So far this year we have seized 44 firearms of various descriptions and those were through different means.
“Members of the public can also feel free . . . if they have any firearms in their possession that are not registered to them, they can turn them in to the police. We are also encouraging persons who may know of persons with firearms to give that information anonymously by calling the police directly or Crime Stoppers,” Welch said.
The remainder of the weapons are set to be destroyed tomorrow.
“We continue to be vigilant and continue our exercises in ridding Barbados of illegal firearms,” he added.