Bahamas: UNODA provides small arms destruction equipment

In May 2012, as part of the 'Firearms Destruction and Stockpile Management Assistance Package for Caribbean States,' the United Nations Office for Disarmament Affairs, through its Regional Centre for Peace, Disarmament and Development in Latin America and the Caribbean, provided a set of hydraulic shears to the Bahamas. This provides a permanent and sustainable capacity to destroy surplus, obsolete and confiscated small arms. The Centre trained 16 officers of the Bahamas police, defence, customs, immigration and prison services.

At a symbolic donation ceremony, 42 weapons were destroyed by the trainees. This activity aims to assist Caribbean States to combat illicit arms trafficking and implement the UN Programme of Action on Small Arms through reducing the risk of theft and diversion from Government holdings of operational, confiscated, surplus and obsolete small arms, light weapons, ammunition and explosives.