Gun owners who skipped vetting exercise to be arrested — Police

Licenced firearm holders in Kenya have been warned about displaying their gadgets recklessly or unnecessarily to the public.

Inspector General Hillary Mutyambai has warned that their licences could be revoked and firearms repossessed should they continue mishandling them.

The IG  directed all regional police commanders to begin recovering 4293 licensed firearms and arrest owners for failing to submit themselves to the mandatory vetting exercise as directed by the government.

“The  Seven-day respite they were granted to surrender their guns to the government lapsed yesterday and therefore there are 4,293 gun owners  who  are deemed to be in illegal possession of firearms and ammunition and whose licenses will now be revoked,” he said, adding that  the said will also be treated as armed and dangerous criminals.

Firearm dealers have also been commanded to immediately handover any firearms and ammunition surrendered by owners to the nearest police stations.

“We  have uncovered peculiar lapses and procedural improprieties in the acquisition, use possession and transfer of firearms,” he said.

The IG said police have so far confiscated 1,493 firearms and 21,732 assorted ammunition.

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