Firearms Unit

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Elsworth Jones

St. Croix Office
  • (340) 712-6058, 712-6023

Bernard Burke

Territorial Supervisor
  • (340) 715-5519, 715-5563

Office Hours

8:30 to 3:00 p.m.
Closed for Lunch: 1 to 2 p.m. (on St. Croix only)
After business hours on weekends and holidays contact police emergency 911

Mission Statement

The primary mission of the Firearms Unit is to enforce all Rules and Regulations, Laws, Policies and Procedures that govern the licensing of firearms within the U.S. Virgin Islands. It is also responsible for ensuring that applicants are properly investigated and meets all the qualifications required by law prior to being granted a firearms license. The Unit is also responsible for court presentations and home and business inspections. Additionally, the Unit provides storage and safekeeping for licensed and confiscated weapons.

The Unit is the record keeper of all firearms registrations in the Virgin Islands so lost and/or stolen firearms once recovered can be identified and reconciled with their rightful owners.


Types of firearms licenses - the following are the types of firearms licenses that can be applied for at the Firearms Unit:

  • Pink – law enforcement officers for off-duty and personal protection only.

  • Blue – business and/or personal protection

  • Green - target shooting, sports use and home protection
    (With the target shooting license you must be a member of a gun club. The firearm must be unloaded when travelling to and from the range using the most direct route. The shooting range is on the St. Croix district only. Currently St. Thomas does not have a shooting range. Therefore no target shooting licenses are being issued in that district.

  • Yellow - home protection only (handguns e.g. pistol/revolver) *For use ONLY at the residential address that is typed on the license*

  • Grey - farming ( long guns e.g. – rifles/shotguns)
    (This license can also be used for boat and home protection)

Firearms License Renewal

Firearm(s) licenses must be renewed every three years on your birthday. You must come in a month before your license is to be expired.

Use of Firearms

The Firearms Unit reminds license holder they are restricted to using their firearms license(s) ONLY for the purpose stated on the license. Failure to do so will result in your license(s) being revoked and your firearm(s) confiscated.

Securing your Firearms

Having a firearm is a great responsibility we are asking that you practice proper firearms safety. We also ask that you secure your firearm(s) in a safe that is bolted in place. As stated in the VI Code failure to properly store your firearm(s)and allowing it to get into the wrong hands may lead to arrest and/or conviction, punishable by a fine and/or imprisonment, and you may be subject to forfeiture of your firearm(s) and license.

Bringing Firearms into the Virgin Islands

The Firearms Unit recommends that you Do Not bring your States side licensed firearm into our beautiful islands if you will only be visiting for a short while.

If you bring firearms into the islands without contacting the Firearms Unit, you can have your firearm(s) confiscated and be prosecuted in accordance to the laws of the US Virgin Islands.

We do recognize law enforcement and/or retired law enforcement officers’ licenses once you have the credentials and met our criteria.

Here in the Virgin Islands we are very strict on firearms and ammunition. When coming into the United States Virgin Islands please call our office to find out our rules and regulations on firearms we will be happy to assist you.

If you come into the US Virgin Islands with a firearm you must IMMEDIATELY contact the Firearms Unit according to VI law.

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