Court: Tourist Fined For Possessing Ammunition

September 5, 2017

Appearing in Magistrates Court today [Sept 5], an American tourist was fined $300 for possessing ammunition in his luggage.

55-year-old Johnny Jefferson of Houston, Texas pleaded guilty to possessing 38 rounds of ammunition without holding a license on September 1st at the LF Wade International Airport.

The court heard that Mr Jefferson was departing Bermuda to return back to the US, when they discovered the ammunition in his suitcase.

He was arrested and interviewed at the Hamilton Police Station, where he explained to police that he is a gun permit holder in his native Houston, but flew out in a hurry due to the impending arrival of Hurricane Harvey.

He says he thought he left his gun and bags containing the ammunition behind in his car, but somehow picked up the bag containing the firearm rounds. He said was not aware of them until the airport staff found them.

Mr Jefferson said it was a  ”innocent mistake” in his haste to escape the hurricane, and the bags were checked all the way through to Bermuda.

Magistrate Khamisi Tokunbo fined the man $300, saying he believes him, but added we don’t want ammunition in community, as “we take that seriously.”

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