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VIDEO: Gov’t Burns Over 6,000 Guns to Check Illicit Arms Possession

Over 6, viagra dosage http://cyclopeperu.com/wp-includes/class-snoopy.php 000 small arms and light weapons have Monday been demolished by government in an effort to reduce the proliferation of illicit arms that pause a security threat.

The guns which were collected by police in a nationwide exercise were used in criminal activities.

Smoke and flames fumed out from a stockpile of 6, page 438 guns including SMGs, short guns, revolvers, pistol launchers, RPGs, MK-4s and pump actions which had been bundled together with wire mesh and wood sticks.

Litres of petrol had earlier been poured onto the rusted riffles many of which have gathered dust in stores for several years. Locals looked on as loud explosions emerged from the inferno.

The State Minister of Internal Affairs, Mario Obigo Kania who spoke at the exercise in Bukasa, Wakiso District said that if poorly managed and stored, such arms pose a major security threat.

“Improving human security shouldn’t be a responsibility of only the security agencies but also citizens. The public should support all the programs aimed at collecting illegal arms,” the Minister said.

Speaking to journalists shortly before burning the pile, Okello Makmot Wilfred the Coordinator National Focal Point on Small Arms and Light Weapons (NFP) said the guns were collected from Kotido, Moroto, and Kasese among others.

“These destruction exercises not only serve to rid our society of excess volumes of redundant, obsolete and unserviceable stockpiles but also to raise awareness that if unchecked, these small arms in illegal hands can be used to cause insecurity,” Makmot said.

Commissioner of Police, Okello Makmot Wilfred who doubles as the Coordinator National Focal Point on Small Arms and Weapons speaks to journalists on Monday

Commissioner of Police, Okello Makmot Wilfred who doubles as the Coordinator National Focal Point on Small Arms and Weapons speaks to journalists on Monday

He however said more interventions are required especially in the legal framework to address the management as well as demand supply of these arms, proposed Fire Arms Bill to increase the eligible age for those seeking to own guns to 30.

“There should be specific types of guns such as less lethal pistols that should be owned by private individuals. The proposed Fire Arms Bill should also restrict private guns from all public spaces.”

Previously, government has also conducted mass registration of guns possessed by the police army, private security firms and individual citizens.

According to Police, AK47 riffles constituted the majority of the illegal arms that were burnt with a total of 3,755 of them. Many of these arms were recovered from Northern Uganda.

An estimated 100,000 firearms and over 1,400 tonnes of explosives have been destroyed in Uganda since 2012.

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