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Kenya has 680 000 guns in circulation, mostly in wrong hands - report

12 July 2016, 12:47

Nairobi - A new study has revealed that at least 680 000 guns were in circulation in Kenya, most of which were in wrong hands, according to reports.

Sydney-based GunPolicy.org said that Kenya was ranked at number 61 in private gun ownership, with 5 000 registered firearm holders.

Out of the 680 000 guns in civilian hands, only 1 107 rifles, 2 200 shortguns and 1 871 handguns were registered.

This meant that more than 600 000 guns were in the wrong hands.

Illegal guns in the east African country were blamed for a spate of criminal activities, especially among pastoralists who used such weapons in cattle rustling.

The government has been organising regular disarmament exercises, with reports confirming that more than 5 000 illegal firearms had been recovered since 2011.

The Firearms Licensing Board is responsible for the registration and regulation of gun use and anyone guilty of illegal possession of firearms is liable to jail term of not less than seven years and not more than 15 years.


- News24


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