What are the gun laws like in T&T? I'm in Connecticut, USA and I was considering moving to T&T. From what I have seen if a person has murderous intent they are less likely to try and kill someone if the other person has a way to defend themselves. Please enlighten me on how the T&T government allows it's citizens to protect themselves against thugs.
Comments: From the official website [this is what I found out about gun laws in Trinidad & Tobago]:
The Firearms Act, Chapter 16:01 defines a firearm as
Comments: I live in the united states and was wondering what are the laws for a us citizen with a clean background and a firearm permit, would I be able to travel with it and would I be able to obtain a permit in Trinidad? If anyone has any advice please feel free.
On Beyond the Tape, Inspector Alexander showed the below firearm created using a wooden base. It has one round in it. These are the kinds of illegal firearms being circulated around T&T.
Image from TV6 News.
Title: Gun laws in T&T
Comments: We really need to think about getting the rid of all guns in the hands of civilians in this country. Giving permits to use guns merely increase the stock of guns in this country. Why on earth we needed to arm the police with guns in the first place [..] Ever since the PNM armed the police, guns gradually became the main weapon of illegal killings. We really did not need armed police here. I have no doubt that this move by the then government was one of the first to offer 'kick backs' to some local politicians and foreign sales men. The introduction of the guns only inspired local hardened criminals to believe it was necessary to arm themselves with these weapons in order to be combat the police. Illegal guns and its associated ammunition can now be found in most communities, and is now the number one weapon of most crimes especially in Trinidad.
Comments: You're not making sense here. Do permits to have a gun magically make guns appear? Are you saying that most criminals somehow use police firearms? And you think if the police didn't have guns, criminals would just use matchetes, instead of simply buying smuggled weapons?
Title: Gun laws in T&T
Comments: The demand for guns by private citizens certainly increases the stock of guns on this island. Moreover in my opinion if the local police were never armed in the first place the criminals would have never resorted to acquiring the arsenal of such weapons and matching ammunition they now possess. It follows logically that the surge in the demand by citizens for gun permits would never have arisen in such a situation.