Prime Minister, the Hon. Philip Davis was joined by Commissioner of Police Clayton Fernander at a press conference regarding the proliferation of illegal weapons in the country and the legal responsibility of gun manufacturers.
The Prime Minister said, “as Prime Minister I acknowledge the importance of this legal action and the potential for a positive outcome in our ongoing fight against gun violence. We have witnessed first hand the devastating consequences of illegal firearms on our communities, families and overall security.”
The Bahamas along with Trinidad and Tobago, Antigua and Barbuda and St. Vincent and the Grenadines have joined action filed by Mexico in the United States aimed at holding gun manufacturers responsible for damage caused by their products.
‘We believe that by holding gun manufacturers responsible for their role in the distribution and sale of these weapons we can create a safer environment for our citizens and reduce the violence that has plagued our region. The scale of this issue extends beyond the borders of any single country and we understand that a comprehensive and coordinated response in necessary. By joining forces with our regional partners we are sending a strong message that we will not tolerate the unchecked flow of illegal firearms into our nations, ” Davis continued.
Prime Minister Davis also said that it is important to also tackle the demand for weapons by addressing underlying issues that drive individuals towards crime and violence. He assures that the government is fully committed to the fight.