Head of the Corporate Communications Unit of the Jamaica Constabulary Force, Stephanie Lindsay, said the practice has been growing in recent times and is not a positive representation of the music industry.
“The practice doesn’t depict a good image, and it can send a message of violence and lawlessness,” the constable told media reporters.
“If it is proved that these props are real guns, charges can be laid if permits were not issued. We are seeing that more and more people have been doing the practice, and we have taken note of it and are looking into some of them,” she explained.
No charges have been laid, Lindsay noted, despite the fact that the issue has already reached the police’s radar.
After stating that some of the props used in the music videos could potentially be real weapons, Lindsay said no permits have been given locally for some of the weapons featured in the videos, therefore possession of such guns is strongly prohibited.
She also sent a strict warning to the artistes who are responsible of the practice.
“It does not speak well for your career, and it’s best not to do such a thing, because people in high places are looking,” she announced.
“If people perceive you as a risk, you will be held accountable. We have seen where persons have been blocked from visiting other countries because of the images they portray. Gun laws are taken very serious in some foreign countries, so artistes have to be mindful of what they do,” she warned.
Dancehall artistes, Alkaline, Masicka and Dexta Daps have recently used props resembling guns in the videos for songs like “After All,” “Infrared” and “Grow Rough (featured in short film),” respectively.
Efforts to get a comment from either of the artists were fruitless.
Peep the videos for “After All,” “Infrared” and “Grow Rough.”