A ceremony was held at police headquarters on Wednesday commemorating the opening of the new Anti Gang and Firearms Task Force.

The ceremony was attended by government officials led by Prime Minister, the Hon. Philip Davis and Minister of National Security, the Hon. Wayne Munroe. Also attending was the US Charge D’Affaires, Usha Pitts.

Commissioner of Police, Clayton Fernander addressed the gathering saying, “our intelligence and research is telling us that males under the age of 35 are often the victims and suspects of these violent crimes.”

Prime Minister Davis also delivered remarks saying, “the right to bear arms cannot include a definition of being a right to traffic in arms and I’m happy that I was advised, as of yesterday by the Charge D’Affaires, that legislation has passed or going though Congress to penalize the trafficking in arms.”

The new unit consists of thirty officers of the Royal Bahamas Police Force, the Royal Bahamas Defense Force, Immigration and Customs along with the US Embassy.