THERE has been a â€œdrasticâ€ increase in applications for firearm licenses in 2016 when compared with 2015 the Police High Command has informed.
At its recent and first press conference for the year, Members of the Royal St. Christopher and Nevis Police Forceâ€™s High Command updated the nation on progress and rewards of crime fighting initiatives and also some of the struggles which the Force faces.One of the questions posed by this publication during the press conference surrounded the issuance of firearm licenses. And while Assistant Commissioner of Police Terrance James did indicate that there was a notable increase, Commissioner of Police Ian Queeley said it would not have been prudent to release information specific to neither the quantity of applicants nor the quantity of issued licenses.
James said, â€œIn relation to the number of licensed firearms, I cannot say the number off hand but I have seen an increase in the persons applying for licensed firearms. We have seen a drastic increase in the numbers for 2016. The figure, I would not be able to give you that offhand.â€