Legality of Stun Gun or Pepper Spray in Jamaica

by Adaphadell
(Atlanta, USA)


QUESTION: Is it legal to shipped a stun Gun or pepper spray to Jamaica from the United States, and are they Legal to carry on your person in Jamaica, or do I need a permit? If I do where do I apply for a permit.


ANSWER: by Devin, December 24, 2012

Stun guns and pepper sprays are both prohibited items on the list of items permitted to enter the island, whether shipped or carried on the person.

Over the years there has been discussions regarding both, but to date there is no documented evidence that permission has been granted to any person or organization to undertake the importation of these weapons.

As it relates to the stun guns, discussions have been put forward by not only human rights defenders but also the public why they should remain banned items.

Recent talks have been surfacing regarding the escalation in police shootings and excessive force used by them to equip them with non-lethal weapons such as the stun guns, as a strategic means to help reduce these shootings. Despite all that, there is no finality as to the decisions taken.

Regarding pepper sprays, arguments are more lenient but they still remain a prohibited item. One line of argument put forward brought it down to the prohibition of importing the sprays unless given permission by the relevant governing bodies, but no permission is needed for their possession by individuals on their person.

Unlawful use of these sprays could, however, see persons answerable to the laws of the land related to weapons and their uses.

Further information can be had from the following links/offices listed below.

  • www.jamaicaobserver.com/.../Tasers-can-be-vey-harmful_10740901
  • MINISTRY OF JUSTICE AND THE ATTORNEY GENERAL'S DEPARTMENT

    Mutual Life Building, North Tower
    2 Oxford Road
    Kingston 5
    Telephone: 876-906-2414-7 or 906-1678
    Telefax: 876-906-7665
    E-mail: inform@infochan.com or mnsjps@mnsj.gov.jm
    Website: www.mnsj.gov.jm

See Also: The Laws of Jamaica.

Regards,
Devin, for My-Island-Jamaica.com

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