852 for­eign­ers own li­censed firearms - Kampy­ongo

Daily Nation Newspaper - - HOME NEWS - By SI­MON MUNTEMBA

ABOUT 852 for­eign na­tion­als liv­ing in Zam­bia own li­censed firearms, Home Af­fairs Min­is­ter Stephen Kampy­ongo has dis­closed. And Mr Kampy­ongo said Gov­ern­ment has no any plans to is­sue a statu­tory in­stru­ment re­strict­ing the use of firearms in pub­lic places be­cause such re­stric­tions were al­ready pro­vided for in the laws of Zam­bia. Mr Kampy­ongo said this yes­ter­day in Par­lia­ment dur­ing ques­tion for oral an­swers. Kabwe Cen­tral Mem­ber of Par­lia­ment Tutwa Ngu­lube wanted to know whether there were any for­eign na­tion­als who own firearms in Zam­bia and whether they were sub­jected to back­ground checks to as­cer­tain their suitability to own firearms. Mr Ngu­lube also wanted to know whether the gov­ern­ment had any plans to is­sue a statu­tory in­stru­ment re­strict­ing the use of firearms in pub­lic places. "If so, what the to­tal num­ber of for­eign na­tion­als who owned firearms was as of 30th Septem­ber, 2018?" Mr Ngu­lube asked. In re­sponse Mr Kampy­ongo said," Yes in­deed some for­eign na­tion­als liv­ing in Zam­bia with es­tab­lished res­i­dence own firearms." He said the to­tal num­ber of for­eign na­tion­als own­ing li­censed firearms stood at 852 as of 30th Septem­ber, 2018. Mr Kampy­ongo how­ever said Gov­ern­ment had no plans to is­sue a Statu­tory In­stru­ment re­strict­ing the use of firearms in pub­lic places be­cause such re­stric­tions were al­ready pro­vided for un­der the Firearm Act Cap 110 of the laws of Zam­bia. He ex­plained that the Firearm Act Cap 110 did not dis­crim­i­nate be­tween for­eign and Zam­bian na­tion­als with re­gard to the terms of pro­ce­dure of ac­quir­ing firearms. He said all ap­pli­cants for firearms li­cences were sub­jected to back­ground and se­cu­rity checks re­gard­less of na­tion­al­ity to en­sure that the firearms do not end up in wrong hands. Mr Ngu­lube noted that some for­eign na­tion­als re­cently played with the firearms in their shops and ac­ci­den­tally shot their em­ploy­ees. Mr Ngu­lube asked the min­is­ter whether Gov­ern­ment in­tend to pub­li­cise the guns rules so that those who owned firearms could be sen­si­tised on the need to pro­tect them­selves and the pub­lic. Chiengi MP, Given Katuta asked Mr Kampy­ongo if those ap­ply­ing for firearms li­cences were sub­jected to med­i­cal check­ups to as­cer­tain their men­tal ca­pac­ity?In re­spond­ing, Mr Kampy­ongo said ac­quir­ing a firearm li­cence was not easy be­cause the ap­pli­cants had to be sub­jected to thor­ough back­ground, se­cu­rity and med­i­cal check­ups to as­cer­tain their men­tal ca­pac­ity and suitability to own firearms. Mr Kampy­ongo added that those who are found abus­ing their firearms, the same Firearm Act Cap 110 of the laws of Zam­bia would be used to deal with them ac­cord­ingly by ei­ther re­vok­ing the li­cence or be charged ac­cord­ing to the pro­vi­sions of the law.

Mr Kampy­ongo

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