People convicted of gun crimes in Barbados will spend a minimum of ten years and up to life in prison.
This has been announced by Attorney General Dale Marshall as he introduced in the House of Assembly amendments to the gun act.
Mr. Marshall listed a number of incidents that he said have created greater concern in the country in the country but emphasised that government is determined to ensure the safety of communities.
He declared that there will be no tolerance for what he calls criminals their foolishness and outlined the measures he says intended to clearly send a message.
Mr. Marshall also disclosed that an additional three judges will be appointed the tackle the backlog of almost a hundred murder cases and a thousand cases overall in the criminal justice system.
Mr. Marshall noted that the problems that lead to criminality often start very young and spoke of schoolchildren being caught bringing guns to school.
He promised efforts to assist vulnerable families.
The man tasked with leading that effort Corey Layne, the new minister in the attorney general’s office with responsibility for crime prevention outlined some of his plans.
He promised some direct interventions in communities
Corey Layne, the new minister in the attorney general’s office with responsibility for crime prevention.