NAIROBI, Kenya, Jan 4 – The National Gun Owners Association of Kenya has called on the Inspector General of Police to crackdown on firearm holders misusing their weapons.
The Association’s Secretary General Captain Alex Migwi says they are concerned by recent incidents of misuse of firearms by licensed firearm holders in various parts of the country.
He has urged the more than 10,000 members of the association to strictly use their firearms as envisaged by law, either for the protection of life and property, and even then, only when the danger is imminent.
“Firearms are not meant for settling domestic disputes or road-use conflicts. It goes without saying that firearms should not be used when one is inebriated. The actions of these few irresponsible licensed firearm owners do not represent the approximately 10,000 responsible firearm owners in Kenya,” he asserted.
As was witnessed during the tragic terrorist attack at the Westgate Shopping Mall, most licensed civilian firearm owners are conscientious Kenyans driven by a desire to help make their spaces safer for not only themselves and their families, but also for other Kenyans when circumstances dictate.
“As an association, we would like to inform our fellow Kenyans that what we witnessed from the tens of civilian firearm owners who put their lives at risk for others at Westgate is the normal and expected character of a civilian firearm owner; not the few individuals we have seen misusing their firearms in public spaces.”
Police in Nairobi are already probing a city businessman who is licensed firearm holder over assault and misuse of his firearm.
Rising cases of gun misuse by licensed civilians has exposed weak gun laws, violation control measures and alleged corruption in issuance of guns at the Central Firearms Bureau.
In June 2015, a 53 year-old British national was charged with the murder of his 42 year old Kenyan girlfriend in Karen using his firearm.
In the same month, a 35-year-old property developer and a licensed firearm holder shot dead his rival in a suspected love triangle.