Matiang’i gives seven-day deadline to over 4,000 gun holders

Matiang'i gives seven-day deadline to over 4,000 gun holders

Interior CS Fred Matiang’i has issued a seven day ultimatum to over 4,000 gun holders who never showed up for vetting to report to the nearest police station.

Matiang’i who was speaking when he received the vetting report from the Firearms Licensing and Control Board at Harambee House warned of dire consequences if they fail to appear.

“…If the 7 days lapse, you will be treated as armed and dangerous criminals because you are carrying a firearm which is not registered,” said Matiang’i.

He added that the government will begin hunting them down and they will face the law.

“I am concerned about this 4407 people….we will look for them…and deal with them,” the CS said.

According to the report, there were 13,805 registered firearm holders before the vetting that was announced on December 5 last year.

However, only 9,398 licensed firearm holders presented themselves before the licensing Board within the stipulated three months.

During the vetting, the Firearms Licensing and Control Board withdrew 1493 firearms 70 of which were semi-automatic rifles.

Dr. Matiang’i however issued a stern warning to firearm holders to refrain from displaying their firearms in public.

“ Cases of individuals highly placed in the society running around displaying guns arrogantly and recklessly in public places will be a story of the past. We will ensure that is sorted out comprehensively,” he said.

On his part, Inspector of Police Hillary Mutyambai directed that all firearm holders begin to present certificates in public places starting August 1, 2019.

“All private firearm holders will be expected to show their certificate of holder whenever they go into premises including supermarkets and private securities will be expected to confirm the same,” said the IG.

The Firearms Licensing and Control Board has been ordered to halt issuance of all licenses until further notice.

It was also revealed that 21,732 unlicensed bullets have been retrieved so far.

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