Firearms trafficking was the main topic of discussion as National Security Minister Fitzgerald Hinds met today with representatives of CARICOM Member States and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and Homeland Security Investigations.
The meeting was chaired by Robeson Benn, Guyana’s Home Affairs Minister and Chair of the Council for National Security and Law Enforcement.
Discussions reportedly centered on a multipronged approach to tackle the issue of firearms trafficking, namely:
- Implementation of the Regional Roadmap for Addressing Caribbean Priority Actions on the Illicit Proliferation of Firearms and Ammunition across the Caribbean in a Sustainable Manner by 2030
- Collaboration with regional stakeholders such as CARICOM IMPACS, which facilitates training and capacity building for Member States
- Collaboration with international stakeholders such as the ATF and HSI, which treat with transnational organized crime
- Use of existing mechanisms such as the Regional Integrated Ballistic Information Network (RIBIN) and E-Trace
The tracing of firearms and intelligence gathering, as well as training via the International Law Enforcement Agency (ILEA) in collaboration with the ATF and HSI were discussed.
T&T also reiterated its support for the establishment of an ATF office in the Southern Caribbean.