More Ghanaians apply for firearms license less than two months to general election
London, Oct. 15, 2020 (AltAfrica)-Executive Secretary of the National Commission on Small Arms and Light Weapons in Ghana, Jones Borteye Applerh has expressed deep worry over the increasing number of Ghanaians applying to own firearms
His comments comes less than two months to the presidential election on December 7, and one week after the Customers Division of the Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA) impounded a consignment said to contain pistols illegally imported from Turkey.
The ammunitions were concealed in the consignment of personal effects.
They belong to one Felix Wallace, who has been arrested by the marine police.
In a preview of his interview with TV3 to be aired on the New Day programme Thursday, October 15, Mr Applerh said this year alone, the number of people wanting to own firearms has tripled in number compared to such figures in years past
“This year we have seen an increasing number of people wanting to own guns in Greater Accra. We are worried but it is also a function what we see in our society.
“People don’t feel too safe.
“The license to possess a fire arm, if they give you the license you are supposed to process it, that expires after 6 months but the license to own a firearm when you have imported a firearm is one year.”
Asked whether people are renewing their licenses, he said: “It is not encouraging. We have about 1.23 million licenses for arms in Ghana.
“Out of which yearly we get between 30,000 to 40, 000 people renewing so a lot more people are holding their arms illicit.
“Probably they don’t know so it is about education and it is about devising schemes for the collection and renewal to be easy.”