Puerto Rico: Government and faith groups cooperate in successful gun amnesty

A gun amnesty in Puerto Rico has removed more than 400 firearms and over 30,000 rounds of ammunition from circulation since it began in February 2012. The amnesty is overseen by the Ministry of Sports and Recreation, in cooperation with local government and religious centres across the country.<--break-> Over 35 churches have received training in how to handle surrendered weapons and have been certified as gun collection points. Henry Neumann, of the Ministry, said the involvement of faith-based groups has had a particularly positive effect on the campaign, and that most of the guns and ammunition surrendered were received by churches. The amnesty is scheduled to continue until 18 April this year.