Both the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) and the Firearm Licencing Authorities (FLA) are warning Jamaicans not to engage in carrying out gun salutes over the New Year’s holiday.
While gun salutes are a traditional practice, particularly prevalent during the festive season in recent years the practice has led to several deaths and injuries.
The JCF and FLA have said they will be working jointly on the matter, to eradicate the practice noting that investigations will be conducted on any reported cases; with licensed firearm holders prosecuted.
CEO of the FLA, Shane Dalling, says the authority will be taking a tough stance against licensed firearm holders who engage in such irresponsible and reckless activity.
“Where the police and FLA investigators have proven that the breaches were committed, those licences will be revoked,” said Dalling.
A 15 year old student was shot as she watched fireworks following a gun salute in Montego Bay St. James on New Year’s Day in 2020.