Surrender illegal firearms now: Stop-Drop-Go action begins

POSTED: 10/17/14 4:07 PM

St. Maarten – The office of the attorney general has announced that the Stop-Drop-Go action to collect firearms has begun and that it will continue until the end of the month. Citizens who want to get rid of their illegal firearms are able to drop the off at the office of the attorney general on the third floor of the Puerto del sol Plaza in Simpson Bay from 8.30 a.m. until 4.30 p.m. until October 31.

The gun collection drive is an action carried out together with the authorities on the French side of the island. “The gun violence is getting out of hand. Help us help the community of St. Maarten,” a flyer reads that the attorney-general’s office has produced for this action.

In consultation with the French-side authorities, the decision has been taken not to pay any compensation for the guns citizens turn in. In Curacao, the authorities recently offered 100 guilders for surrendering illegal weapons. The attorney-general in Willemstad collected 406 guns this way.

Illegal firearm possession carries a standard sentence of 12 months, but the actual maximum is 4 years. The prosecutor’s office intends to keep those who are caught with illegal firearms from now on in detention until their trial.

This newspaper supports the Stop-Drop-Go action.

For information about how to turn in your weapon, call the attorney-general’s office at 544 48 08.

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  1. John Steffen says:

    Lots of luck with that,just like here in the states only the folks who “DON’T CAUSE ISSUES” with firearms turn them in,THE CRIMINALS WILL KEEP THEIR’S TO PRAY ON THE UNARMED VICTIMS AND AT THE END OF THE DAY YOU HAVE FIXED “NOTHING”,JUST ONE MORE FEEL GOOD WORTHLESS PROGRAM THAT DOES NOTHING AND THE CRIMINALS WILL STILL BE KILLING PEOPLE WITH THE GUNS “THEY DID NOT TURN IN” AND UNTELL YOU DEAL WITH THE CRIMINALS ON THE ISLAND “WE WILL NOT BE BACK”.