Firearm holders will have to present themselves before the Firearms Licensing Board for mandatory vetting from December 17, Interior CS Fred Matiang’i has said.
In a statement to Newsrooms, Matiang’i said the board chaired by Charles Mwongera will begin a 90-day verification of all firearms certificates.
The firearms holders will also have to produce their weapons for review and certificates for authentication.
“Some lapses in the licensure of firearms dealers, civilian holders, and shooting range owners have led to the illegal possession, transfer, misuse, and trafficking of such weapons thereby posing major threats to national and regional security,” read part of the statement
The CS also gave an order to all illegal firearms holders to surrender them to the government within 90 days failure to which they face consequences.
Preferential certification and special concideration accorded for specific individuals has also been abolished with immediate effect.
He further said any private citizen in possession of a firearm or ammunition without certification under the new regimen after the March 17, deadline, will be deemed to have acquired it illegally. The crime is punishable by imprisonment and other penalties.