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More guns surrendered as amnesty nears end

by Staff reporter
21 Sep 2022 at 05:58hrs | Views
The number of unregistered firearms surrendered to police has now risen to 455 as illegal holders of guns continue to take advantage of the amnesty granted by President Mnangagwa.

A total of 260 rounds of ammunition have also been surrendered.

The amnesty ends month-end, and from then, law enforcement agents will conduct physical checks and verifications of guns and ammunition in the country amid concerns of rising crimes being committed using dangerous weapons.

Under the amnesty, those in possession of unlicensed firearms and ammunition, or who have these with expired licences, must surrender them without questions being asked.

In a statement, national police spokesperson Assistant Commissioner Paul Nyathi, said: "The number of firearms voluntarily surrendered to the Police on the operation, "Firearms Amnesty," now stands at 455 as at September 19, 2022. So far, 260 rounds of ammunition have been voluntarily surrendered."

Police still suspect there are significant numbers of unlicensed weapons bought by businesses that have changed hands, some that were owned by people who belonged to gun clubs and have given up the sport, or were owned by dead relatives.

Source - The Herald
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