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Sunday, 16 February 2014

Air gun law in Trinidad and Tobago

Q: Hi, are air guns illegal in Trinidad and Tobago? Do I need a license to own one?

A: The answer to both questions is, "it depends". According to the Firearms (Air weapons) Order made under s.2 of the Firearms Act 1970, as amended:

"For the purposes of the definition of “firearm” occurring in section 2 of the Firearms Act, it is hereby declared that a firearm does not include air weapons of or below .177 calibre, unless the barrel thereof is rifled."

Simply put, owning an air gun without a license is illegal if it is over .177 calibre.

Wednesday, 5 February 2014

Abortion law in Trinidad and Tobago

Q: Is it illegal to have an abortion in Trinidad and Tobago?

A: Yes, according to the Offences Against the Person Act, 1925, as amended, abortion is illegal in Trinidad and Tobago.

s.56 states that the penalty for a mother attempting or having an abortion is four (4) years in prison.
s.57 states that the penalty for anyone facilitating the abortion, i.e., purchasing or supplying the pills or instrument, is two (2) years in prison.