SAN JUAN – Caribbean Community members are looking to increase control on the manufacture, distribution and use of firearms to diminish crime and enhance public safety, CARICOM said Tuesday.
Officials from the 15 member-states agreed upon a number of actions to be undertaken to “advance public safety and security at the national, bilateral and regional level,” CARICOM said in a statement.
One initiative calls for activating the Regional Integrated Ballistic Information Network, designed to stop illicit gun trafficking in the region.
Each country should “adopt national policies to require full tracing of all recovered firearms to identify trafficking routes and traffickers for prosecution in accordance to domestic laws,” the regional bloc said.
CARICOM is composed of Antigua and Barbuda, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Haiti, Jamaica, Montserrat, St. Lucia, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname and Trinidad and Tobago.