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No firearms for business owners!

DCP Morris says arming business owners will not solve anything
Only a section of the Police Force is armed. Photo: VINO
 Only a section of the Police Force is armed. Photo: VINO
Only a section of the Police Force is armed. Photo: VINO
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Allowing business owners to have firearms in their premises is something the Commissioner and Deputy Commissioner of Police are not in favour of, disclosed Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP), David Morris in an exclusive interview with this news agency.



His comment comes on the heels of a recent armed robbery at a Road Town jewellery store, and business owners lamenting on the possibility of being able to protect themselves.

But according to DCP Morris, such a move would not solve anything. “What it does is create more risk in this area, prevention is better.”

Instead, ‘high value’ businesses should have security cameras and security doors where people have to be buzzed in, he added.

“At the end of the day having a gun behind the counter does not help at all. There is always that risk in shooting someone who is innocent or being shot because the owner is standing at one end of the shop and would want to rush over to get his gun while the robbers are in there. .. I rather have property stolen than someone lose their life,” DCP Morris noted.

Furthermore, he is making an appeal to business owners to have “cameras that work, which will help officers in reviewing footage”.

“I do find a number of businesses in the Territory all say they have cameras but they are not working,” he divulged.

Should security personnel be armed?

There are several private security firms in the Territory, who are employed by private entities to protect businesses and property, however, Morris disclosed the same “no arming policy” applies.

He made it clear that, “If that was the case, might as well you arm all police officers and members of the public. Then we will have an armed Territory. Is the level of criminality in the Territory warrants that? At the end of the day when you start to look the statistics around robberies, it is not a level that we need armed security guards. We have armed police officers and we are looking to increase our firearm capabilities within the force.”

22 Responses to “No firearms for business owners! ”

  • beast (12/12/2011, 07:35) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    police man should be physically fit they need to do a workshop for obeast because they are beast police officers to loose weight how much running can this fat one do ? please start eating right
    • Beasty Popo (12/12/2011, 11:06) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      obeast...hahaha....I had to read this twice to understand. Wow. Try using spell check, or a dictionary.
    • .... (12/12/2011, 13:07) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      lol lol..that one sweet buddy!
  • jokers (12/12/2011, 08:32) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Tell me what you expect us to help you fight crime with water ? police commissoner your a realasssssssssssssk me
    • Tuffbong33 (17/12/2011, 21:05) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      He sittin at that desk smiling. Wait till some hoodie pull on him, his smile gonna go away fast. Then maybe he will change his toon. Not thinking with a realistic mind. He thinks stupid!! No cure for stupid!
  • Thank GOD! (12/12/2011, 08:38) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Jewelry or any material possession is not worth the life of a potential innocent victim from stray bullets. An ounce of prevention is worth more that a pound of cure. Installing cameras or require buzzing in are both great suggestions for deterrence.
  • whatIthink (12/12/2011, 09:00) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    I want somebody to explain to me how letting every Tom, Dick and Harry (business-owners, private security firms, etc.) have a gun will prevent crime? Has it prevented crime in the US? In Jamaica? The clear answer is to reduce the amount of guns in the BVI, NOT to increase it. Think people!!! What if they let business-owners have guns and those guns were stolen? What if the business-owner killed an innocent bystander by mistake? What if some child found the gun and killed its playmate? All these things and more happen in countries where almost everybody has a gun. Instead of asking for guns, what are these business-owners doing to improve the society so the young men have alternatives? They should be lobbying government for stiff penalties for gun possession and for more police officers. Those are the things that bring crime down, not arming everybody to the teeth!
    • rodent (13/12/2011, 08:48) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      Store owners should have legal firearms to protect themselves from the thieves who have illegal firearms. The thieves will shoot to kill. If store owners were armed and killed a couple of the thieves the other thieves will get the hint and not rob you.
    • high 5 (13/12/2011, 09:27) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      Because the criminals will know not to mess with them!!!
  • Me (12/12/2011, 09:28) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    How fat Police gonna run????
    • long road (12/12/2011, 17:59) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      that is why he is not the duputy..he ha ha ha
    • Tuffbong33 (17/12/2011, 20:59) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      LOL: They let the bullets do the runnin. If he go down, he will need help gettin up. He gonna end up like Heavy-D. LOVE 2 EAT!!
  • Guest (12/12/2011, 10:09) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    I totally agree with the deputy commissioner. I think that arming store owners will most likely also put innocent people at risk. Plus call me racist if you want but I for one would not be happy knowing all the arabs have firearms. Legally at least. lol
    • FISHNIN DA SEA !!! (12/12/2011, 19:32) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      ur not a racist but ur very stupid too much cnn/fox news for ur own good !!!!
  • BB (12/12/2011, 10:13) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    This is the most stupid comment by an official I've ever heard. They cannot give permission for a gun for a business owner, but every m***** s**** has a gun and could use it on any business owner. F*** that meh son. NDP, ayyo expect people to invest in this territory, where is the security for such investment. I would rather let my money get rotten in US banks than to open a business here, and then get robbed by those rats and here a comment like this from what is called POLICE. struppessssss.
  • queen bee (12/12/2011, 12:27) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    see he think he in the UK...does not understand the BVI culture...
  • confused (12/12/2011, 12:53) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    All security cameras do is help identify the bad guys AFTER the crime has been committed...We need guns or at least pepper spray or mace...
  • farmer brown (12/12/2011, 14:37) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    look at dey last pic wid Morris ah smile..yea he smiling at we local fools who will give him police chief soon...
  • I agree (12/12/2011, 14:43) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    I agree with Commissioner Morris- do we want to become like the USA- a free for all- shooting each other at random? 66 homicides in St. Thomas last year- is that what we want here? Some really stupid comments on this post meh son- No guns in the BVI period!
    • BB (12/12/2011, 15:21) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      We're getting like st. thomas already, whether business owners or not, the guns are in the street. How many guns you want? Check someone at the ghetto or down the alley and you can bargain for the price too. Stop this stupid talk and act serious, if you can't protect people, let them protect themselves.
  • Please (12/12/2011, 15:44) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Many of the armed police don't need to have guns either! I am a licensed firearms carrier in the US, and I am sure these officers do not have the training or undergone the psychological testing that I have had to. They are just as much a danger with a gun in their hand as the business owner or the Security officer. I also agree that these so called police officers need to undergo annual physical testing. There is no way that obese man should be an officer let alone carry a firearm. If they can not past their annual physical testing then they should be suspended or put on probation for 3 months. Then test them again and if they still cannot pass, then they need to seek a new line of work! The same goes for the Commissioner, Deputy Commissioner, and all those overweight females on the RVIPF, and those obese alcoholic men! If they can't pass the tests, send them home!
  • To BB (12/12/2011, 19:42) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Getting people to protect themselves- you sound like a lobbyist for the NRA-then we all have guns and it becomes a free for all- very foolish idea indeed!


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