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How to apply for a gun permit:

Sunday, November 21, 2004    

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1 Pay the application fee at the tax office and submit the receipt, along with the completed application form, to the Superintendent of Police in charge of the jurisdiction in which you work or do business.

The completed application form has to be accompanied by a valid ID, three notarised passport-sized pictures as well as a certificate of competence from an approved firearm instructor certifying that the applicant can use and care for a gun.

2 The applicant must have a safe, where the weapon can be stored when not in use, either at home or his business place.

3 Applicants will have to undergo a fingerprint check and a rigorous background check. Homes and business places are visited, the safe is inspected, friends and relatives are interviewed where necessary.

4 The police then check with Special Branch to ascertain if the person is suitable. Checks are made with the Narcotics Division, the National Intelligence Bureau to rule out serious criminal involvement on a transnational basis, drug smuggling or deportation. Deportees who were sent home because of immigration violations are not prevented from carrying licensed firearms.

5 Checks are made to ensure that the applicant has not been convicted for an offence involving a breach of the firearms act or an offence involving violence in Jamaica within the last five years.

6 Investigators would also try to establish whether the person is otherwise unfit - that is, below age 18, is a drunk, a gambler, short-tempered, prone to the use of violence, or generally quarrelsome.

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