There is a chronic shortage of ammunition and cartridges for hunting ahead of the opening of the 2023-2024 hunting season. This from the Hunters Association of Trinidad and Tobago and other regional hunting groups. The hunting season starts today Sunday but the majority of hunters, the association said, will have no ammunition because of a shortage of supply from licenced firearm dealers.
The Commissioner of Police Erla Harewood-Christopher, is by Law, responsible for approving import permits for ammunition for private firms, however wide-scale audit into the sale of legal firearms and ammunition is yet to be completed.
At present, ammunition for licensed guns can only be purchased from Amalgamated Security Services, since no other suppliers have received approval to import and sell ammunition in recent months. Hunters typically use 12 and 16-gauge shotgun cartridges for hunting. Along with farmers, hunters also use 9mm ammunition for personal protection.