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06BRIDGETOWN2136
2006-12-05 18:38:00
UNCLASSIFIED
Embassy Bridgetown
Cable title:  

BARBADOS - BLUE LANTERN ON LICENSE 05-050018615

Tags:   ETTC  KOMC  BB  XL 
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DE RUEHWN #2136 3391838
ZNR UUUUU ZZH
P 051838Z DEC 06
FM AMEMBASSY BRIDGETOWN
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC PRIORITY 3844
INFO RUCPDOC/DEPT OF COMMERCE WASHDC
RUEKJCS/SECDEF WASHDC
RHMCSUU/FBI WASHINGTON DC
RUEPINS/HQ BICE INTEL WASHINGTON DC
						UNCLAS BRIDGETOWN 002136 

SIPDIS

SIPDIS

PM/DDTC FOR BLUE LANTERN COORDINATOR

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: ETTC KOMC BB XL
SUBJECT: BARBADOS - BLUE LANTERN ON LICENSE 05-050018615
FOR SPORTSIMPORTS

REF: STATE 188189



1. Post was able to conduct a site visit to SportsImports in
Barbados. Post can confirm the order for tactical weapons
systems under license 05-050018615. Post did not uncover any
derogatory information on the foreign consignee, Greg Cozier
of SportsImports, and he appears to be a legitimate firearm
retailer.



2. The ultimate end user for the firearms under license
05-050018615 will be the Barbados Defence Force (BDF). These
firearms will not be exported out of Barbados, but rather
transported immediately from the airport to the BDF
Headquarters by SportsImports. Should they not be
immediately transported to the BDF, SportsImports will store
the firearms in a secure facility consisting of two
double-skinned Chubb vaults made of steel-reinforced concrete
and alarms that are linked to the police, private security
and SportsImports personal cell phones. An onsite visit
confirmed the secure storage facility. SportsImports is also
familiar with the restrictions governing the importation of
U.S. Munitions List (USML) commodities, in particular the
prohibition of unauthorized retransfer or re-export.



3. SportsImports keeps detailed records of all firearms
issued, which include date of issue, caliber, serial number,
type, model, and name and address of the customer. The
police also keep a record of all issued firearms. In
addition, the Commissioner of Police approved SportsImports
as a licensed firearm dealer to import and sell firearms in
Barbados. Post is in possession of copies of SportsImports
application and license documentation for the purchase and
importation of the firearms in question.
GILROY