The Barbados Private Sector Association has expressed concern about an upsurge in gun crime. fearing for the security of their own businesses and also the reputation of the country.

Chairman of the BPSA, Edward Clarke, tells Starcom Network News that businesses are already taking precautions.

Mr. Clarke stressed the wider implications.

He believes the difficult economic times and resulting high unemployment could be a contributing factor.

Meantime, political scientist, Dr. Kristina Hinds, says the authorities need to deal harshly with the perpetrators of gun crime but also find and deal with the people who are importing the weapons into the country.

Speaking on VOB’s Brass Tacks call-in program she noted that there’s increasing gun violence across the region, a trend that that started some years ago.

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